Since the November 8th primary election that set up the final showdown for the vacant seat in Council District 15 in the City of Los Angeles between LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino and State Assembly member Warren Furitani, additional endorsements have come in as the candidates that did not make the run-off and organizations that endorsed them have begun choosing among the finalists.
Buscaino has added the endorsements of key figures among the San Pedro community, including L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, former candidates Jayme Wilson and Gordon Teuber (who finished 3rd and 6th, respectively, on November 8th), as well as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Southern California District Council, which represents the vast community of those employed at the Port of Los Angeles and live in the Harbor District. Additionally, Buscaino was successful in winning the endorsement of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, an organization that was expected to endorse his run-off opponent due to his tenure on the Los Angeles Community College Board.
Among local significant endorsements, Furitani added the California Nurses Association and former council candidate Justin Brimmer (who finished 7th in the November election), and has extended his website’s endorsement list to resemble a who’s-who of Democratic establishment state legislators and city council allies of Mayor Villaraigosa, both in Los Angeles and surrounding cities.
Furitani’s endorsement list, and his outward strategy, has all the appearances of a standard Democratic partisan campaign, including the overly-obvious lack of any non-Democratic organizations, legislators, activists or allies. Buscaino, on the other hand, has assembled a multi-partisan coalition of leaders from throughout the harbor district, including community leaders, neighborhood council members and those who are engaging in local politics for the first time.
The results of these two differing strategies will be played out on January 17th, when the final election will decide who will represent the constituents of the 15th City Council District of Los Angeles.