Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar is weighing a possible run for Congress to fill the seat expected to be vacated by Rep. Xavier Becerra’s appointment as state Attorney General, an aide said Friday.
Huizar is consulting with his wife about possibly entering a special election for Becerra’s 34th Congressional District seat, which represents central and northeast areas of Los Angeles, according to the councilman’s campaign aide, Rick Coca.
Huizar was elected last year to his third and final full council term, which ends in 2020. The usual council term is four years, but due to a voter- approved change to the city’s charter to have elections occur in even-numbered years, a transitional, one-time term of about 5 1/2 years was instituted.
In a statement, Coca touted Huizar’s background and resume as “a Mexican immigrant who has been very vocal in his concerns with President-elect Trump, and as an elected official with a stellar record of building schools, protecting the environment, addressing homelessness and spurring economic development in many of the same communities covered by the 34th Congressional District.”
Huizar’s 14th Council District shares several areas with Becerra’s, such as Boyle Heights, downtown Los Angeles and northeast Los Angeles communities like Highland Park, El Sereno and Eagle Rock.
If Huizar decides to run, he would likely compete with former Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, who declared his intention to run for the seat soon after Becerra’s appointment was announced. Perez was appointed a UC Regent by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014.
Also considering a run for the seat is Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles.
Brown appointed Becerra on Thursday to be the state’s next attorney general to succeed fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate last month.
If confirmed by the state Senate and Assembly — as expected — Becerra will serve the final two years of Harris’ term and become California’s first Hispanic attorney general.
—City News Service
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