LA City Council May Finally Have an Asian American Representative
Posted in Blogs on November 15, 2011 by CAUSE Staff
Assemblymember Warren Furutani has made the runoff for a special election for the 15th District seat for the Los Angeles City Council, to be held on January 17, 2012. The seat for the 15th District, which has a 5.4 percent Asian population, became vacant when Janice Hanh was elected to Congress.
During the November 8 primary election, Police Officer Joe Buscaino came in first with 29 percent of the vote, while Furutani came in second with 22 percent of the vote.
Ever since Councilman Mike Woo left City Council to run for Mayor in 1993, Los Angeles has not had another Asian American city councilmember. Woo failed in his bid to return to City Council in 2001, losing to the current Council President Eric Garcetti in a runoff. Chinese American candidate Flora Gil Krisolof also lost in a runoff to the current Councilmember Bill Rosendahl of the 11th District in 2005.