Krekorian picks up steam in Council race

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Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles)  is picking up steam in his campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, earning two major endorsements over the last week that could be pivotal.

Krekorian is set to face off with Christine Essel, a former Paramount Pictures executive and member of the Los Angeles Airport Commission, in a runoff election Dec. 8.

The candidates are running to represent Los Angeles Council District 2, which stretches from Sherman Oaks to Tujunga.

Krekorian and Essel were the top vote-getters in a special nominating election on Sept. 22, when 10 hopefuls crowded the field. But both remaining candidates had previously failed to gain a significant foothold in the Sunland-Tujunga area, where community organizers had endorsed neighborhood activist Mary Benson and Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Tamar Galatzan.

Galatzan and Benson both endorsed Krekorian over the last week in moves that could give him some traction in an area where he had much less support in the September contest.

Krekorian’s campaign announced Benson’s endorsement Sunday, including a statement from the community advocate promising that “Paul Krekorian will be an independent voice in the council who will fight for us, instead of downtown interests and big developers.”

Galatzan called Krekorian “a proven advocate for Valley homeowners and jobs.”

While Krekorian has gained ground since he was the top vote-getter on Sept. 22, Essel continues to have the support of several members of the council and earned a prior endorsement from the Los Angeles Times.

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Written by Zain Shauk

November 2, 2009 at 9:57 am

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