Incumbents Huizar And Parks Hold Fundraising Advantage In L.A. Council Races
On the Eastside, Councilman Jose Huizar has $123,000 in the bank as his re-election campaign gets down to the final 12 days. That's double the $61,000 held by his opponent, Rudy Martinez.
In South L.A., Councilman Bernard Parks holds a narrower advantage over his union-backed opponent, Forescee Hogan-Rowles.
Parks has $89,000 on hand to Hogan-Rowles' $53,000. But that does not tell the whole story, as Hogan-Rowles' union allies are heavily outspending Parks with an independent expenditure campaign.
In total, Hogan-Rowles and her labor allies spent $705,000 over the last month while Parks and his business allies spent $223,000.
Hogan-Rowles, a former DWP commissioner who runs a South L.A. non-profit, got little traction with her own fundraising until the unions endorsed her. All last year, she raised only $18,000. But just in the last month, she brought in $60,000.
Over the same period, Parks raised $133,000, as his backers rallied to compete with labor's independent campaign.
Huizar and Martinez have been less active in fundraising over the last month. Huizar collected $24,000 while Martinez -- who has largely self-funded -- brought in just $12,000.
The election will be held on March 8.