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Los Angeles County, CA March 5, 2013 Election
Council Member; City of Los Angeles; District 13 Voter Information

4 Year Term.

A runoff may be held on 5/21/2013 between the top 2 candidates who received the most votes if neither receives a majority. If one candidate receives a majority of votes in this election, that candidate wins and no runoff will be held.

Results as of Apr 12 4:19pm

Runoff Election 5/21/2013

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Mitch O'Farrell Click here for more information about this candidate 4,530 votes 18.8%

  • Occupation: Councilmember's Senior Advisor
  • 2004 Democrat of the Year, 44th Cal Assembly District
  • 2004 Appointment to Cal Electoral College, Congressman Xavier Becerra
  • 2006 Citizen of the Year - Glassell Park Improvement Association
  • 2006 City Nerd - Elected Official Staffmember
  • 2011 "Hero of Hollywood" award, Hollywood Chamber Foundation
  • 2011 Grand Marshall, Echo Park Community Parade
  • Economic Development & Jobs
  • Perpetual city budget deficit
  • Public Safety/Quality of Life in our Neighborhoods
John J. Choi Click here for more information about this candidate 4,008 votes 16.7%
  • Occupation: Commissioner/Community Organizer
  • Public Works Commissioner
  • Economic Development Director
  • City Council Field Deputy
  • B.A. UCLA
  • J.D. UCLA
  • Creating Jobs
  • More parks and green space
  • Faster, better city services
Sam Kbushyan Click here for more information about this candidate 2,731 votes 11.4%
  • Occupation: Neighborhood Council Boardmember
  • Executive Director, Immigrants Charitable Foundation
  • Political Coordinator, SEIU 434B (past employment)
  • Treasurer of Northeast Democratic Club
  • Appointed Director of LACER After-School Programs
  • MBA in Healthcare Administration, Northeastern University
  • BA in Political Science, Cal State LA.
  • Job creation
  • Equal education access for children of underprivileged backgrounds
  • Addressing quality of life issues (traffic reduction, pot hole repair, expand park space)
Alexander Cruz De Ocampo Click here for more information about this candidate 2,636 votes 11.0%
  • Occupation: Charitable Foundation Director
  • Former District Representative for the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council
  • Former President of the California Young Democrats
  • Three time Delegate to Democratic National Convention
  • BA Communications, California State University
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Grand Performances
  • Former Board Member of the Coalition of Asian Pacific's in Entertainment
  • Creating good, well-paying middle class jobs
  • Public Safety
  • Providing the best, most efficient public services
Josh Post Click here for more information about this candidate 2,606 votes 10.8%
  • Occupation: Deputy Attorney General
  • University Professor - Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Judicial Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge
  • Leadership role at LA's BEST After School Program
  • Former L.A. Neighborhood Council Member
  • Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School
  • Echo Park Resident
  • Safe, clean, walkable neighborhoods with improved public transit
  • More parks in underserved neighborhoods
  • Create a more business-friendly city
Matt Szabo Click here for more information about this candidate 1,747 votes 7.3%
  • Occupation: Deputy Mayor
  • Executive Director, Yes on Measure J Committee for Jobs and Traffic Relief
  • Legislative Director, Councilmember Wendy Greuel
  • City Council Liaison, Mayor Richard J. Riordan
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Public Transportation
  • Public Safety and Gang Prevention
Robert Negrete Click here for more information about this candidate 1,706 votes 7.1%
  • Occupation: Senator's District Director
  • Field Deputy to Council President Alex Padilla
  • Field Deputy to Senator Richard Polanco
  • Board Trustee of Marshall High Alumni Association
  • Teacher's Aide at Mayberry Elementary School
  • Graduate of Cal State L.A., Political Science
  • Attended local schools
  • Public Safety
  • Effective, efficient and equitable delivery of city services
  • Fiscal stability at City Hall and job growth throughout the district
Octavio Pescador Click here for more information about this candidate 1,532 votes 6.4%
  • Occupation: University Professor
  • Ph.D. UCLA '03 Education
  • M.A. Stanford '94 International Development Education
  • B.A. UCLA '93 Political Science International Relations
  • Governing Council, UCLA Community School
  • Board Member, Families in Schools & Thomas Jefferson Senior High School
  • Founding Board Chairman, Larchmont Charter School
  • I believe in our capacity to build safe, sustainable and prosperous neighborhoods.
  • We need principled leadership to form the transparent, efficient and effective government that we deserve.
  • I will work to improve our quality of life and create jobs in this modern economy.
Josť Sigala Click here for more information about this candidate 874 votes 3.6%
  • Occupation: Neighborhood Council President
  • President, Greater Echo Park Elysian NC (2006-2012)
  • 15 year resident of the Council District
  • Public Safety
  • Job Creation/Economic Development
  • Protect Core City Services
Emile Mack Click here for more information about this candidate 845 votes 3.5%
  • Occupation: Assistant Fire Chief
  • 34-Year Veteran of the LAFD
  • Appointed by the Governor to the California State Board of Fire Services
  • Creating jobs and local economic growth
  • Protecting Angelenos
  • Improving our quality of life
Michael Schaefer Click here for more information about this candidate 455 votes 1.9%
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • Educated at Notre Dame, UC Berkeley,
  • Georgetown Law, decades in business(real
  • estate, hotel marketing) and consitutional
  • law cases in Los Angeles; former city
  • prosecutor and 2-term city councilman
  • City of San Diego, prior to coming to LA.
  • Keep Hollywood's job in LA, have best incentives to stay here.
  • Assure our many hospitals are funded and able to serve all
  • After $10 increase last year in parking fines, 50% discount for pay within week
Roberto Haraldson Click here for more information about this candidate 364 votes 1.5%
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • Democrat, Supporter of Barack Obama
  • Business Development Consultant
  • 27 year resident of Los Angeles, District 13
  • Property Owner and Manager in District 13
  • Former Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council
  • Elected Chair of the Parks and Oversight Committee (appointed to committee by Eric Garcetti)
  • The City's Budget is my number one priority
  • Insuring jobs and growth of our local entertainment industry
  • Protecting public safety, and fixing our infrastructure
Richard Eastman (Write-in)

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Official Information

City of Los Angeles
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Mitch O'Farrell
Michael Schaefer
Josť Sigala
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