Richelle Huizar, wife of Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, announced Thursday that she plans to run for her husband’s seat during the 2020 election.
Jose Huizar has served three terms on the City Council representing the 14th District and is prevented by term limits from running again. Richelle Huizar has served on the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women since 2017, and previously served as both a policy director and later as the assistant executive director of the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families.
“The 14th Council District has been my home for more than 20 years, and I am prepared to work tirelessly on behalf of my neighbors who make up its vibrant communities,” she said in a statement. “While we have seen great improvements throughout the district, more work lies ahead. We must ramp up our efforts to address homelessness, innovate the city’s approach to affordable housing, build stronger partnerships to protect our neighborhood schools, and improve the delivery of basic services to our constituents.”
She added, “As a mother, attorney and someone with more than 10 years of experience creating policy for the city’s Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families, I believe that we have an obligation to build safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities where our families and children can be successful and thrive. Los Angeles must do a better job at coordinating its limited resources with other government jurisdictions to ensure a more efficient and effective delivery of services to young people and their families.”
The 14th District stretches from Eagle Rock through parts of northeast Los Angeles and into downtown, including the Civic Center neighborhood where Los Angeles City Hall is located.
Richelle Huizar is a graduate of UCLA law school, a licensed attorney in the state of California, and has focused her work on adoption, guardianship and family law.
With the 2020 election still more than two years away, few if any major candidates have officially declared an intention to run for any of the available City Council seats, so it remains unclear what level of competition she will face. In a statement announcing her run for office, Huizar said she has already received the endorsement of more than 200 community leaders.
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