MONTANEZ EYES COUNCIL SEAT OF COMPETITOR IN SENATE RACE.Byline: KERRY CAVANAUGH Staff Writer
Conceding defeat early Wednesday in the race for the 20th District Senate seat, Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez announced she will run for the City Council seat of her competitor, Councilman Alex Padilla Alex Padilla is a politician in California. He was elected as the State Senator for the 20th District of California in November 2006 and was inaugurated in early December. In order to enter the Senate he had to resign as Councilman for the 7th District on the Los Angeles City .
In November, Padilla is running against Libertarian Pamela J. Brown, an economics professor from Northridge, in the largely Democratic district now held by termed-out Sen. Richard Alarcon. Should he win, it will leave his northeast San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area. City Council seat empty.
Montanez gave up her 39th Assembly seat and will be out of office by the end of the year. Alarcon is the leading candidate for her job.
At the suggestion of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. , who endorsed her Senate campaign, Montanez said she'll seek Padilla's seat in an expected special election next spring.
``My whole goal and passion has been to represent the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. . If I can't do it in the Senate seat from East to West valley, then I definitely want the opportunity to do it in northeast San Fernando Valley,'' Montanez said.
``It's never been about titles for me.''
If successful in her bid for Padilla's seat, Montanez would join a growing list of politicians who move from Sacramento to the horseshoe of the Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. -- including Villaraigosa, who was a councilman before being elected mayor, and Councilmen Tony Cardenas Tony Cardenas served in the California State Assembly. In the Assembly, he had the powerful position of chair of the Budget Committee. He is now a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 6th district, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley. and Herb Wesson Herb J. Wesson, Jr. is a California politician. He currently serves as a Los Angeles City Councilman. He represents the 10th district. He served in the State Assembly representing the 47th district from 1998 until 2004. .
It's the term-limit shuffle.
``An unforseen consequence of term limits has been this type of leapfrogging between positions,'' said Tim Hodson, director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento California State University, Sacramento, more commonly referred to as Sacramento State or Sac State, is a public university located in the city of Sacramento, California, USA. It is part of the California State University system. .
``People who go into public service do so because of commitment to public serve. It's not going to end when there's an artificial limit to their service.''
The result may even have some advantage for Angelenos, who can benefit from having council members familiar with how the state budget works in Sacramento, Hodson added.
But Montanez may have a familiar rival for the 7th District City Council seat, which includes Pacoima and Sylmar.
Felipe Fuentes Felipe Fuentes is a Democratic politician from the San Fernando Valley in the U.S. state of California. He won election to the California State Assembly for the 39th district on a May 15 special election. He slightly exceeded the 50%+1 margin needed to avoid a runoff. , Padilla's chief of staff and Mayor James Hahn's former deputy mayor for the Valley, said he may run for his boss' job, too.
``I'm considering it very very seriously. I haven't made a final decision, but I believe I'm uniquely qualified to continue the work we've started,'' he said.
As for Padilla, he took questions while sitting down Wednesday after a long night waiting for election returns.
``I'm a little tired, but it's a good tired. We've been working hard for 10 months,'' he said.
The councilman is expected to take the Senate seat in December and plans to focus on keeping state hands away from local government budgets, public safety programs and helping reform public education.