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Entering the Fray in Northeast LA

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Nick Pacheco has announced his candidacy for LA City Council Member from District 14 in Northeast Los Angeles. Pacheco held this position two years ago, then lost it to Antonio Villaraigosa, who will now be vacating it to become mayor. The LA Times suggests that school board president Jose Huizar and state senator Gil Cedillo are also likely candidates for the seat.

What do these guys stand for? Judging by a recent interview with LA City Beat, Pacheco plans to focus on fixing potholes and other street-level details that are important to residents. Huizar has a degree in urban planning and once served on the East Area Planning Commission, so perhaps he would focus on planning and building in the area - and his service on the school board could be relevent, given that the quality of public education in Los Angeles was one of the major issues in the mayoral election. Cedillo has introduced the legislation to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants and has also worked to expand state-funded healthcare programs.