April 11, 2013
By KENNETH MILLER
Assistant Managing Editor
Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry announced this week that she is backing State Senator Curren Price to continue her legacy in the 9th District for the City Council run-off on May 21.
It is after much thought and consideration that I have decided to endorse Senator Curren Price for the Ninth District. I don’t take endorsements lightly. This is a very special community—one that I have proudly represented for 12 years. For this reason, I took my time talking to people in the Ninth District to ensure that their best interests are met in the future. With this in mind, I believe that Curren Price is the right leader for the Ninth District. As part of his campaign, Curren has pledged to right the disparity that has resulted from redistricting and will work to restore the revenue connection between the southern portion of the district and Downtown. This connection will ensure the economic future of our neighborhoods and is an important promise that will help support the people of the Ninth District today and in the future. Finally, I believe Curren has a strong track record for supporting business development in our state and the region and understands what it takes to continue economic investment to South Los Angeles that brings jobs and greater opportunities to the people who need them the most.
“Jan is a strong leader and a cultural bridge-builder, which is why she so successfully represented our wonderfully diverse community for 12 productive years,” said Price, who was born and raised in the 9th District. “We in are thankful for the hard work she has done to set our district on course for a very bright future, and I am grateful to have her endorsement.”
Perry adds to the list of powerful political endorsements led by Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass and former Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke.
State Senator Curren Price vies to keep an African American representative in the Ninth District that has traditionally been held by a Black public servant.
He has the support of an impressive list current and former elected officials, union organizations, clergy and the majority of sitting state senators; Congresswoman Diane Watson (Ret.), Congressman Tony Cardenas, Congresswoman Gloria Negrete-McLeod, Congressman Juan Vargas, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilman Dave Cunningham (Ret.), Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell (Ret.) and Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden (Ret.)
Price earned the right to be the choice in the run-off against former city hall aide Ana Cubas whom he beat in the primary.
Price continues to campaign on his solid record of achievement on one of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles: access to quality, affordable healthcare.
“Our 9th District communities are uniting behind this campaign, because the people in our neighborhoods understand the urgency as it relates to matters of health and wellness — particularly for our children, young families and elderly,” said Price. “It will take proven leadership to make the kind of change we need in the 9th District, and expanding access to healthcare is central to improving the quality of life in South Los Angeles.”