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Seven people qualify to run for Nury Martinez’s seat on LA City Council

Seven people have qualified to run in the April 4 special election to replace disgraced former Councilmember Nury Martinez on the Los Angeles City Council, according to the City Clerk’s office.

On Friday, Jan. 13, after verifying voters’ signatures that candidates were required to gather, the City Clerk’s Office whittled the list of qualifying candidates down to seven. Candidates had to gather 500 valid signatures from voters and pay a $300 filing fee or, to avoid paying the fee, had to collect 1,000 valid signatures.

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The qualifying candidates are listed below. Their work or volunteer experiences are based on self-reported information from their campaign websites, LinkedIn pages or that were submitted to the City Clerk’s office.

Marisa Alcaraz, environmental policy director and deputy chief of staff for L.A. City Councilmember Curren Price.

Rose Grigoryan, social activist and journalist who has worked for Armenian television stations.

Isaac Kim, small business owner.

Imelda Padilla, recent community engagement manager for Heritage Sierra Medical Group who was previously a community organizer and a field deputy for the city of Los Angeles.

Marco Santana, director of engagement for LA Family Housing, who was a staffer for U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas and state Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

Antoinette Scully, an activist and community organizer who has worked with the NoHo Home Alliance.

Douglas Dagoberto Sierra, a business consultant who has worked as a nonprofit leader at A Place Called Home.

Council District 6 includes San Fernando Valley residents in Arleta, Lake Balboa, North Hills, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Sun Valley and Van Nuys.

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The district was represented by Martinez, who made history as the first Latina to serve as L.A. City Council president when her peers elected her to that role in December 2019. But in October 2022, Martinez resigned following a leaked audio, recorded a year earlier, that caught her making racist and demeaning comments about Blacks and other groups of Angelenos.

Nineteen people initially picked up forms to run in the special election to replace Martinez. But only 11 had by the Jan. 4 deadline submitted paperwork and, if required, paid a filing fee to run.

If no candidate receives a majority of votes on April 4, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff race on June 27, which would bump the estimated cost of the election up to $7.65 million.

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