Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another Candidate Declares to Run for Vacated CD5 Seat

Activist Simon to run for Weiss' council seat
Daily News
Article Last Updated: 02/11/2008 09:22:02 PM PST

Robyn Ritter Simon, a longtime political activist on the Westside, announced Monday that she plans to join the field of candidates seeking to replace Councilman Jack Weiss on the Los Angeles City Council.

With Weiss having said he plans to run for city attorney, three other candidates have announced their intention to run for the seat in the 2009 election.

Simon, 46, who is president of the West Los Angeles National Womens Political Caucus and who ran against Weiss in 2001, said she has always wanted to serve on the City Council and believes the opportunity is this coming election.

"I learned a lot when I ran in 2006 and I have been more involved since then and believe I understand the district," said Simon, who served on the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission for five years.

"I think there is one major issue facing the district, whether it's the Westside part or the San Fernando Valley portion, and that is land use. And that means development and traffic."

Other candidates who have announced for the race are former Assemblyman Paul Koretz, who represented West Hollywood and also served on the West Hollywood City Council before moving to Los Angeles; land-use attorney Ron Galperin; and businessman David T. Vahedi, who ran against Weiss four years ago.

Simon is married and has three sons. Prior to her post at the NWPC, she worked at the Century City Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.


HelpCD5 said...

Vahedi is the only true candidate.. He LIVES in this district and has put the time into the community...