Councilman Gil Cedillo. Photo by John Schreiber.
Councilman Gil Cedillo. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and his challenger for the District 1 seat, Joe Bray-Ali, will square off in a debate Monday that will focus on housing issues, the event’s organizers said Friday.

Bray-Ali forced Cedillo into a runoff when the councilman failed to get the required 50 percent in the March 7 primary, falling just short with 49.34 percent of the vote, about 140 less than he needed.

Bray-Ali, a bicycle activist and former bike shop owner, finished with 37.97 percent of the vote. The runoff is scheduled for May 16.

Although he lacks any experience in elected government, Bray-Ali’s campaign received a boost before the primary when he received the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times, and last week he also received the endorsement of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

Joe Bray-Ali. Photo: www.joe4cd1.com/
Cedillo has served on the City Council since 2013 and is seeking a second term after serving in the state Assembly and state Senate.

Monday’s debate will be moderated by journalist Pilar Marrero from La Opinion and is hosted/organized/sponsored by the Eviction Defense Network, Inquilinos Unidos, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Inner City Law Center, Women Organization Resources, Knowledge and Services, Hunger Action LA, National Lawyers Guild – LA, LA Human Right to Housing Collective, and Strategic Actions for a Justice Economy.

CD1 includes Highland Park, Westlake, Pico Union, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, Glassell Park, Echo Park and Mount Washington.

The debate is scheduled to take place at the Central American Resource Center at 2845 W. 7th St, at 7 p.m.

— City News Service

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