L.A. City Council Candidate Bonin Opens Campaign Office
By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch
About 200 people packed the grand opening Saturday of the campaign office for Los Angeles City Council candidate Mike Bonin, who is running in the upcoming citywide election to represent the 11th Council District that includes Venice.
A line stretched out the door of the campaign office at 12222 Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista as supporters and volunteers rallied around Bonin, who formerly was a longtime Venice resident before moving to Mar Vista.
Bonin, 45, is running to fill the seat left vacant after incumbent City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has represented the district since 2005, announced in October that he would not be seeking re-election in order to focus on his fight against cancer. Rosendahl endorsed Bonin, his longtime chief of staff, to replace him and Bonin quickly amassed endorsements from political insiders, labor unions and community leaders. Bonin also in just a few weeks raised more than $50,000 in campaign contributions.
The other candidates running for the Council District 11 seat in the March 5 primary election are: teacher Odysseus Bostick, prosecutor Tina Hess and community advocate Frederick Sutton.
The 11th Council District represents Venice and neighboring communities, including: Mar Vista, Del Rey, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, West L.A. and Westchester.
Los Angeles voters on March 5 will elect a new mayor, city attorney, city controller, fill eight of the 15 City Council positions and three spots on the seven-member Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Eduction. The LAUSD Board of Education’s 4th District, which represents Venice schools, is among the open seats.
The primary election will be followed by a May 21 general municipal election.
“We’re exactly where we want to be 59 days out,” Bonin said Saturday at his campaign office. “The plan was always to launch an aggressive ground game right after the New Year. As you can, see we have the troops energized and ready to go.”
Bonin said he was impressed that people from across the district attended the event and said they were signing up to volunteer and spread the campaign’s message. He also noted that his campaign manager in charge of field operations was recently the field director in Broward County, Fla., for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Obama won 67.2 percent of the vote in Broward County in the November election, compared to 32.3 percent for his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Those in attendance at the grand opening included Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, city attorney candidate Mike Feuer and City Councilman Mitchell Englander, whose District 12 represents the San Fernando Valley.
“There was a tremendous amount of energy at this event,” Lieu said. “Mike is a smart, ethical, hard-working, humble candidate and that is exactly the person you’d want on the Los Angeles City Council.”
The election will be for a 3-year term on the council and a nearly $180,000 annual salary.
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