Fifty-eight candidates have qualified to run for city offices in Los Angeles' March 5 election, with the majority seeking open seats on the City Council, according to the final list released by the city clerk.
The pool of candidates is the biggest in more than a decade, in large part because of term limits. Eight are running to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who steps down next year, including City Controller Wendy Greuel, council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, former prosecutor Kevin James and tech executive Emanuel Pleitez.
With Greuel giving up her office to run for mayor, six are looking to replace her: Councilman Dennis Zine, company executive Cary Brazeman, city commissioner Ron Galperin, business owner Jeff Bornstein, labor organizer Ankur Patel and disability advocate Analilia Joya. Meanwhile, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich faces three opponents as he runs for a second term: public safety attorney Greg Smith, community advocate Noel Weiss and former Assemblyman Mike Feuer.
Much of the action focuses on the eight council seats that are up for grabs. With only two incumbents seeking reelection, an array of state lawmakers, community volunteers and City Hall political aides have entered the field.