Eleven Candidates Make Ballot in City Council Election

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CITY NEWS SERVICE

Eleven candidates have qualified to be on the Nov. 8 special election ballot to replace Janice Hahn on the City Council.

Hahn, who served two terms in the heavily Democratic San Pedro-to-Watts district, won a special congressional election in July to replace Jane Harman, who stepped down earlier this year to run the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a foreign policy think tank in Washington.

The City Clerk’s Office held a random drawing to determine the order of appearance on the ballot. The qualifying candidates and their titles/descriptions will appear in the following order:

— Frank Pereyda, Local Businessman

— Jayme Wilson, Businessman, Community Leader

— Gordon Teuber, Hahn’s Economic Director

— Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles Police Officer

— Justin I. Brimmer, Los Angeles Legislative Deputy

— Rebecca Chambliss, Realtor

— Pat McOsker, Firefighter/First Responder

— Warren Furutani, California State Assemblymember

— M. “Candice” Graham, Community Activist, Businesswoman

— Rudy Svorinich, Jr., Small Business Owner

— John M. Delgado, Jr., Businessman

Write-in candidates can file intention to run by Tuesday, Oct. 25. Write-ins must either pay a $300 filing fee or submit nominating petitions of 500-1,000 signatures.

Abiding by campaign finance rules, Svorinich, Furutani, Buscaino, and McOsker have each notified the City Ethics Commission that they have raised more than $50,000 for their respective campaigns.

McOsker has earned endorsements from three city council members and his own firefighters’ union. A political action committee set up by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers led by Brian D’Arcy has spent $138,312 on polling and eight different mailings to support McOsker’s campaign.

The so-called independent expenditure committee can spend unlimited amounts of money on the campaign as long as the group does not coordinate its efforts with McOsker’s campaign.

Buscaino’s campaign released a statement Thursday reporting that he has raised more than $200,000.

Furutani has the support of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Police Protective League endorsed Buscaino, who is an LAPD officer in San Pedro.

Svorinich benefits from name recognition. He held the seat for two terms before Hahn.

If no candidate earns a majority of the votes in November — there were 102,976 registered voters in the district as of Aug. 8  — a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held Jan. 17.

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