Former Board of Public Works member John Choi has so far raised $110,000 in campaign contributions for his bid to become representative of Council District 13, which includes portions of Atwater, Echo Park and Silver Lake. KPCC said Choi made public his fundraising results after candidates filed financial reports with the city’s Ethics Commission on June 30. Some other candidates are offering previews of their fundraising totals in what is often a show of strength that may or may not scare off other rivals and draw more financial support. KPCC reports that two other Council District 13 candidates – Josh Post and Alex De Ocampo – have each raised $50,000.
Candidates made some last-minute efforts to pump up their campaign contributions in time for the June 30 financial reports. Candidate Josh Post, for example, sent out this email on June 28
Are you tired of all of these political fundraising deadlines? We are too! However, in order to demonstrate viability, we have to show that we are able to raise a decent amount of money by June 30. We’re extremely close to our goal (so close that if every person who opens this email would donate even $10, we would reach it). Meeting this goal is essential to ensuring we have the resources necessary to win.
A dozen persons have so far filed papers with the Ethics Commission indicating they will run in next year’s Council District 13 race. Councilman Eric Garcetti is termed out and running for mayor.
Money is pouring into other City Council races, including in neighboring Council District 1, where Councilman Ed Reyes is termed out. Earlier this year, candidate Jose Gardea, who is Chief of Staff for Reyes, filed reports stating he had raised $105,000 last year. Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who is also running for City Council, had raised $57,000 last year.