With Greuel Out, Laura Chick Will Not Run for Council District 2, but Who Will?*
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It was rumored to be a simple swap. If Wendy Greuel won City Controller, which she did last night, City Controller Laura Chick would run for Greuel's empty seat in Council District 2 in the Valley. In an upset to many, Chick announced this morning that she is moving on from elected city politics.Before serving two terms as City Controller, Chick was the 3rd District Councilmember until she was termed out. In 2006, a ballot measure passed extending council terms from two to three, opening the opportunity for previously termed out politicians to make another stab at it.
As I am close to the end of my two terms as City Controller, the most frequently asked question has been, “What are you going to do?” Many of those who have asked are encouraging me to run for the Second Council District being vacated by Ms. Greuel. I have been humbled and honored at the outpouring of encouragement and support to run for City Council. It has been the greatest honor to serve the people of Los Angeles as an elected official for the past 16 years. However, it is time for me to move on to other challenges and frontiers; and therefore, I will not be a candidate for City Council.
Though my future plans have not been finalized, I am in the process of finding the right opportunity on which to focus my energies, passion and experience. Of course, once I have made a decision, I look forward to sharing it publicly.