LOS ANGELES – The filing period began Tuesday for county, state and federal offices in Los Angeles County for the March primary election, including races for district attorney and an open seat on the Board of Supervisors.
All members of the State Assembly are up for re-election which explains the many flyers circulating on social media of Thanksgiving turkey giveaways in their respective districts. Residents will vote their life away for a turkey valued at $25.00.
Select members of the Senate are up for re-election, which explains the inundation of “legislative updates” at certain local city council meetings.
With Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas barred from running for re-election for the Second District seat he has held since 2008 because of term limits, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, civil rights activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson and community advocates Jorge Nuño and Sharis Rhodes have declared their candidacies as well.
Nuño received a coveted endorsement from the Los Angeles Times when he ran against Curren Price for the 9th District last election cycle.
Ridley-Thomas is running for Wesson’s City Council seat since he is barred from running for re-election as Supervisor because of term limits.
Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has returned to Los Angeles County to challenge District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is seeking a third term.
Gascon has been assistant chief of LAPD, and Chief of Police in both Mesa, Arizona and San Francisco, CA. Gascon then succeeded Kamala Harris as San Francisco DA, after she was elected as Attorney General.
Lacey has already gotten in campaign mode by exonerating a former citizen accused of a string of robberies.
The filing period will close Dec. 6, but will be extended to Dec. 11 for offices where no incumbent files, except for those where the incumbent cannot seek re-election because of term limits.