We’re not even halfway through 2014 and already the field is forming in the race to succeed Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard Parks in South L.A.’s 8th district. Due to term limits Parks is termed out of office.
Among the candidates who filed to run are Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president of the South Los Angeles nonprofit Community Coalition, Los Angeles activist Paul Scott, and Democratic political activist Bobbie Jean Anderson.
Wednesday evening in Ladera Heights, supporters of Bobbie Jean Anderson gathered together in support of her candidacy (see selfies below). In a room full of who’s who, attendees included the councilmember himself Bernard Parks, former councilmember Jan Perry, former Assemblymember Mike Davis, and television judge and celebrity Judge Ephriam Mablean.
CD8 is important to Black Los Angeles. For those of us left in L.A., it’s where we live—it’s where you can find us. And even though redistricting stripped the 8th of Leimert Park and Village Green and over 40,000 jobs, the district is still about 44 percent African-American. We may not have sway in all of Los Angeles, but in the 8th , which includes the Crenshaw district, Vermont Knolls, and Hyde Park, the Black vote still matters.
2015 will be here before you know it and for my Angelino’s this is an important race. While we sometimes gets confused on what office is responsible for what when it comes to government services, it’s not your Congressmember, Senator, or Assemblymember who is responsible for cleaning your alleys, dumping, street services and other public works—that would be your councilmember.