LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Sen. Curren Price Jr. will seek the Los Angeles City Council seat currently held by Jan Perry, who is termed out of office and running for mayor, his campaign announced today.
Price, D-Los Angeles, represents a South L.A. district that overlaps with the 9th City Council District. He is prevented by term limits from running for his Senate seat again.
In a campaign statement, Price said the district stands to benefit if the city green-lights a project to build an NFL football stadium downtown.
However, he said, the district continues to be plagued with high unemployment, struggling schools and a lack of good affordable housing.
“I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost one-third of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent,” Price said.
Price is the second state lawmaker to make a bid in the March city election for the seat representing a stretch of South Los Angeles adjacent to the Harbor (110) Freeway from South Park to just north of Watts.
Assemblyman Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles, is among 13 other candidates vying for the seat, along with Ana Cubas, former chief of staff to City Councilman Jose Huizar; businesswoman Elaine Gaspard; LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara; and USC Associate Director for Local Government Relations David Roberts.
Price lives in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood outside of the district, but will move with his wife into a home in the district on Oct. 1, according to campaign spokeswoman Fahizah Alim.
Three state lawmakers–Sen. Gilbert Cedillo and Assemblymen Bob Blumenfeld and Felipe Fuentes–are running for the seats of City Councilmen Ed Reyes, Dennis Zine and Richard Alarcon, resepectively. They each have to leave the state Legislature because of term limits.
Five current City Council members–Alarcon, Tony Cardenas, Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian and Herb Wesson–all served as legislators in Sacramento.