Three candidates filed paperwork that allows them to begin fundraising, signaling their intention to run for the CD4 LA City Council seat that will be up for grabs when current Councilman Tom LaBonge is termed-out in March 2015. Among the three is LaBonge Chief of Staff and long-time Windsor Square resident Carolyn Ramsay.
Council District 4 includes all of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council neighborhoods (Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Windsor Village, Larchmont Village, Wilshire Park, Sycamore Square, Fremont Place, etc.), plus Miracle Mile, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Studio City and Sherman Oaks.
The window to start fundraising opened Tuesday. The election is 18 months away and will take place on March 3, 2015. At the end of his term, Councilman Tom LaBonge will have served in the role for nearly 14 years.
The three candidates are:
- Carolyn Ramsay – current CD4 Chief of Staff to Councilman Tom LaBonge; ran LA office of The Trust for Public Land; newspaper and magazine reporter; founded non-profit Olive Branches to raise funds to develop school gardens and landscape features; Windsor Square resident.
- Teddy Davis – an attorney born in Los Feliz who grew up there and in Sherman Oaks; served in the administrations of Mayor Villaragoisa as press secretary, and as Special Assistant for Governor Gray Davis to create policies on education, health and environmental issues; worked on and off camera for ABC News in public affairs and politics; currently a fellow in University of Southern California’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.
- Tara Bannister – Vice President for National Apartment Assocation; worked as aide to Governor Gray Davis in 1999-2000; lives in Park LaBrea.
Watch last week’s Streetblog.org interview with Carolyn Ramsay discussing Parks and Open Space: