Photo credit: Malcom Samuel
By Jasmyne A. Cannick
LEIMERT PARK – With little over a month until Angelino’s head to the polls, Saturday, 8th District Councilmember Bernard Parks’ kicked off campaign for re-election.
With drivers on Crenshaw Boulevard honking their horns in support of Parks in the background, 9th district councilmember Jan Perry, a Parks’ supporter, emceed the event’s program that featured a foray of elected officials-chief among Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Waters, an ardent supporter of Parks, was well received by supporters who had gathered on the corner of Crenshaw and Vernon in Leimert Park.
“Let them come on-the people will take care of Parks,” was her message to Parks’ challenger’s which include former appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the DWP board– Forescee Hogan-Rowles.
In addition to Waters, Parks’ council colleagues Eric Garcetti, Dennis Zine and Greig Smith also offered their words of support for his re-election.
“This man has the ability to direct us in the right direction,” said Councilmember Zine.
Councilmember Smith added, “We need Bernard Parks to save this city from ruins. He is the heart and soul of fiscal responsibility.”
A familiar face out in support Saturday was former 10th district councilmember Nate Holden who told supporters “Bernard Parks is your friend.”
Other supporters of Parks’ included Magic Johnson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, L.A. number one Democrat Bobbie Jean Anderson, radio personality Da Poetess, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
8th district residents wishing to vote in the upcoming March 8th election have until February 22 to register to vote if they aren’t already. For those registered as absentee voters, ballots will arrive in mailboxes this week.