Krekorian, Essel to hit airwaves for debate

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Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles) and his opponent in a race for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council will hit the airwaves today for a pre-election debate.

Krekorian will face off with former Paramount Pictures executive Chris Essel during a runoff election Tuesday, but the pair will go head-to-head in a debate on 89.3 KPCC, during Airtalk, which starts at 10 a.m.

A Krekorian win would spark a race to replace him in the Assembly. One Republican and one Democrat have already stated their intents to represent the 43rd Assembly District should Krekorian move to L.A. City Hall.

Campaigns by each of the candidates have grown increasingly heated in recent weeks as outside groups have combined with Essel to spend more than $1.5 million on her behalf.

Krekorian has argued that the aggressive spending is an attempt to alter the course of the election.

Many observers previously felt Krekorian would easily win the election, having received the majority of votes in a primary race and subsequently earning the endorsements of the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers. But Essel’s heavy campaign spending, nearly triple what has been spent on Krekorian’s behalf, has made the outcome uncertain, observers say.

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Written by Zain Shauk

December 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

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