Kevin de Leon

Kevin de Leon

LOS ANGELES — Former state Sen. Kevin de Leon announced Monday that he plans to seek the Los Angeles City Council seat being vacated by Jose Huizar.

De Leon, who will run for the seat in the 2020 election, ran an un­suc­cess­ful campaign in No­vem­ber to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. De Leon is a former president of the state Senate.

Several other people have also filed to run for Hui­zar’s seat, but de Leon is the first high-profile pol­it­ician to announce plans to seek the Council District 14 post, which represents an area stretching from Eagle Rock to downtown. De Leon has already picked up the endorsement of City Council members Cur­ren Price, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell.

“In early November, I made a commitment to my fellow Democrats, An­gel­enos, and Californians that I would continue on a path of public service, to focus on building coalitions in our communities to ach­ieve our common goals. Today, I am fulfilling that prom­ise by announcing my candidacy for the Los An­geles City Council,” de Leon said.

Huizar’s wife, Richelle Hui­zar, announced last year that she was going to seek her husband’s seat, but withdrew her can­did­acy shortly after the FBI raid­ed her husband’s of­fices and their home in early November as part of an FBI corruption probe. No one has been ar­rest­ed as a result of the in­ves­tig­a­tion.

De Leon, 52, served in the state Legislature rep­re­sent­ing areas of the East­side of Los Angeles from 2006 until last year, first as a member of the As­sembly and then in the Senate.

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