Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson announced Monday in a fundraising e-blast that he is looking to become the next 2nd District Los Angeles County Supervisor in 2020. Wesson is looking to replace departing Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who faces term limits in two years.
“After discussing with my wife, Fabian, and our sons, we are excited to continue the progress we have begun in my time in the assembly and Los Angeles City Council, I am asking you to join me in these early stages of my campaign because you know where I stand,” Wesson said.“I have always prioritized making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
The announcement included the launch of a campaign website and a 2020 Twitter page.
In an exclusive interview with the Sentinel, Wesson and his campaign consultant John Shallman spoke about his desire to be the next Supervisor of Los Angeles.
“I have an incurable desire to serve. It’s my passion,”said Wesson. “This campaign is not about me, it’s about we, it’s about us. And I am proud of my record fighting for social justice, investing in education and economic opportunity for our community. I am looking forward to meeting residents, listening to their concerns and working together to improve the quality of life for all of our families.”
“Council President Wesson has been a passionate progressive local leader fighting for our most vulnerable–our seniors, our children and the homeless community,” said Shallman. “His experiences as chief of staff for LA County Supervisor Burke, as Speaker of the California State Assembly and as LA City Council President make him uniquely qualified to serve the diverse communities and people of the 2nd Supervisorial District.”
Wesson is not the only one considering a run for the Ridley-Thomas seat. Former City Councilwoman Jan Perry, and California State Senator Holly Mitchell are also said to be contenders for the seat.