|Above, Armand with Mark Reed and a campaign supporter at the Valley Relics Museum in 2014.|
No sooner than the 2016 election is over and done with, there's another election that Los Angeles residents have to deal with.
According to Ballotpedia:
The city of Los Angeles, California, will hold primary elections for mayor, eight city council seats, city attorney, and city controller on March 7, 2017. Any race where no candidate earns a majority (50 percent plus one) of the primary votes cast in that race will advance to a general election on May 16, 2017. Thus, the March election is functionally a general election and the May election is functionally a runoff, as it is only held for races that are not determined in the primary.
Terms won in this election will be impacted by Charter Amendment 1. Passed in March 2015, the amendment shifted city elections to even-numbered years beginning in 2020. As a result, any officials elected in 2017 will win special five-and-a-half year terms ending in 2022. The following candidates are running in the primary election for the District 7 seat on the Los Angeles City Council.
District 7 is on the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley. The communities in the district are:
- Lake View Terrace
- Mission Hills
- North Hills
- Shadow Hills
Mark Reed, a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is running for this city council seat and would be a good voice for the district. He is not part of the leftist Democrat-controlled establishment.
In a letter to the Daily News:
City Hall beat reporter
LA Daily News
Thank you for reaching out.
The northeast San Fernando Valley has always been represented by insiders looking to advance their political careers, consequently we have always been short changed in resources. The idea that Mayor Garcetti did not even reach out to the other candidates, or interview them for endorsement consideration tells me we will get the same as we have in the past if she is elected. Monica Rodriguez is an insider backed by the political machine and the unions and has no real interest in the community she wants to serve. You can not serve two masters. It's time we have a council person who will serve the community as if it were their home front. I have an extensive background both on the local and national stage. I have lived in the community for 60 years. I have several proposals to address the main issues in our communities. Would love to sit for an interview to discuss them.
Thank you again for reaching out.
One advantage that Reed has over other candidates is his name recognition from his past congressional campaigns.
Vote for Mark Reed on March 7!
UPDATE: I sent this blog post to Mark Reed and received this reply:
Thank you Armand Vaquer for your continued support. We can and will win this one. We need volunteers for phone banking. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.