Continuing to build momentum on the heels of his strong performance in the primary, the John Choi for City Council campaign has secured the coveted backing of Mayor Antonio Villarigosa.
“I am so truly humbled to have the support of Mayor Villarigosa,” Choi said on March 28. “He has been a true leader for Los Angeles. He has built a legacy on improving public transit, reducing crime to historic levels and making sure Los Angeles is the cleanest, greenest big city in America. I am honored to have his support and look forward to working with him to move Los Angeles forward.”
“John Choi is a true leader, able to stand up for what our city and neighborhoods need,” said Villaraigosa. “As an economic development director and public works commissioner, John has proven to me and those who have worked with him that he will deliver in the fight for better schools, safer communities, and a cleaner, more sustainable environment. John Choi is the candidate I trust to continue to move Council District 13 forward into a better, more secure future.”
Villaraigosa joins the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, State Controller John Chiang, Rep. Judy Chu, State Sens. Kevin De Leon and Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE), and scores of other community organizations, local leaders and citizen endorsers already supporting Choi.
The primary election for the seat was held on March 5, with Choi finishing second to Mitch O’Farrell, former field deputy to City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, 16.7 percent to 18.8 percent, among 12 candidates. The runoff election will be held on May 21.
The 13th district is currently represented by mayoral candidate Garcetti, who is leaving office due to term limits, and is composed of Hollywood, East Hollywood, Thai Town, Little Armenia, Los Feliz, Virgil Village, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Temple-Beverly, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, Westlake, Wilshire Center, Melrose Hill, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Atwater Village, and Glassell Park.
If elected, Choi will be the second Asian American to serve on the City Council, and the first Korean American.