The Challengers: Meet the City Council Hopefuls Giving Incumbents a Run for Their Seats

The city’s primary election is on Tuesday!


theessentials_masa_tThe challenger: Eric Preven (running against city councilman Paul Krekorian)
Occupation: Independent television producer
Political priority: The coffers of Los Angeles. Preven is hoping to use skills garnered during his time as a budget specialist in the Industry to ensure that the city’s money is being put to good—and proper—use. “I want to represent the constituents and not the developers,” he has said. “We shouldn’t have to wait so long for basic services such as filling potholes and fixing sidewalks.”
Campaign highlight: Nothing like a backhanded compliment—the Times may have endorsed Krekorian, but they also said that Preven would be the candidate most likely to “shake up” City Hall.
Random factoid: He lives in the R.M. Schindler-designed “Gold House.”


theessentials_masa_tThe challenger: Cindy Montanez (running against city councilwoman Nury Martinez)
Occupation: Board member of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Political priority: Fighting special interests. She’ll focus on clearing the trash in Valley neighborhoods and combating DWP rate increases
Supporters of note: The Los Angeles Times
Random factoid:
Montanez and Martinez ran against each other 18 months ago: In 2013, it was Montanez who had the support of City Hall, Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, and the Democratic party, yet she lost to Martinez in a surprising midsummer runoff. Now Montanez is the dark horse in the race. 


The challengers: Delaney “Doc” Smith and Grace Yoo (running against city council president Herb Wesson)

Occupation: Physician
Political priority: He has accused the DWP of piping reclaimed sewer water into taps in South L.A., and he’d like that to stop. Unfortunately, there’s not much additional information about Smith available.


Occupation: Attorney and former executive director of the Korean American Coalition
Political priority: “Building bridges between different cultures and communities”
Supporters of note: Councilman Bernard Parks, LAUSD Board Member Monica Ratliff, and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Campaign highlight: The real highlight of Yoo’s political work came when, as a community leader, she opposed how redistricting split Koreatown into several districts. But that was back in 2012.


The challengers: Nadine Momoyo Diaz, John O’Neill, Mario Chavez, and Gloria Molina (running against city councilman Jose Huizar)


theessentials_masa_tMomoyo Diaz
Occupation: Recruitment manager at the USC Memory and Aging Center, Clinical Social Worker at the California Hospital Medical Center
Political priority: Protecting public health and the environment, implementing transitional housing plan for the homeless, and ensuring development aligns with constituent desires
Supporters of note: The Bring Hollywood Home Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers (CA State Chapter)
Random factoid: Diaz’s mother was born at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center, a concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII


Occupation: Community Political Consultant
Political priority: Building 100,000 new affordable housing units (by 2012). Via email, he told the Occidental Weekly that “over a third of renters in L.A. spend more than half of their income on rent…L.A. has become the most crowded, least affordable place to live in America, and for the last decade it seems like city hall has simply been ignoring the issue.”
Random factoid: Although his campaign Web site lists a Twitter account, O’Neill has yet to Tweet from it.

Occupation: Union Organizer, former Director of Community Relations at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
Political priority: Promoting community health and wellness and strengthening local health resources
Campaign highlight: His HeART of the Community fundraiser featured live body painting
Random factoid:
Mayor Garcetti appointed him to the city’s Affordable Housing Commission


Occupation: Los Angeles County Supervisor (and avid quilter)
Political priority: Better fiscal discipline—she’ll start by cutting her own salary—and better, faster economic development
Supporters of note: The Los Angeles Times, California Senator Barbara Boxer
Campaign highlight: Definitely her digital Puzzle of the Week
Random factoid:
In 1987 she was the first Latina elected to the City Council


Like the District 13 field all of the candidates running for this seat are new. City Councilman Bernard Parks has been termed-out of office. Although they are not “challengers” by definition, these candidates are of course worth knowing before election day, too.


theessentials_masa_tThe candidate: Forescee Hogan-Rowles
Occupation: CEO of RISE Financial Pathways
Political priority: “Creating jobs and expanding small businesses,” as well as improving neighborhoods through basic maintenance (i.e. fixing potholes and curbs) and an emphasis on safety
Supporters of note: Former L.A. City Fire Chief Douglas Barry, the National Women’s Political Caucus-L.A. Metro Chapter, the Int’l Longshoreman’s Workers Union SoCal
Random factoid: For close to six years she owned a women’s junior sportswear manufacturer called Forescee-M & Co. D/B/A FLIPS


theessentials_masa_tThe candidate: Marqueece Harris-Dawson
Occupation: President and CEO of Community Coalition
Political priority: Creating good-paying union jobs and raising the minimum wage
Supporters of note: City Council President Herb J. Wesson, California Senator Holly Mitchell, Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Campaign highlight: He went door to door campaigning with local firefighters
Random factoid: His efforts to improve inner city schools earned the praise of Oprah Winfrey


theessentials_masa_tThe candidate: Bobbie Jean Anderson
Occupation: CA State Commisioner
Political priority: “Public safety and improved law enforcement-community relations” as well as “Cleaner, safer, stronger neighborhoods”
Supporters of note: Outgoing Councilman Bernard Parks, L.A. County Democratic Party
Campaign highlight: Bernard Parks filmed a very earnest support video
Random factoid: She’s been the L.A. County Democratic Party’s “Democrat of the Year”—twice; once in 2010, and again in 2014.


theessentials_masa_tThe candidate: Robert L. Cole, Jr.
Occupation: Commissioner/Educator/Businessperson
Political priority: Implementing more after-school programs for our youth with the goal of stopping youth violence, opening up more opportunities for the growth of trade and skills based jobs
Supporters of note: Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Georgia Congressman John Lews, Bishop T. Larry Kirkland
Random factoid: He played defensive back for the Morehouse College football team