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Perry Begins Reelection Campaign

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, February 09, 2009, at 04:37PM
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Saturday morning, Councilwoman Jan Perry welcomes those visiting the opening of her new campaign headquarters on Figueroa just south of Downtown.

Councilwoman Jan Perry kicked off her reelection campaign on Saturday morning, opening a new headquarters on Figueroa between Downtown and USC. It won't be much of a race -- Perry is running unopposed on the upcoming ballot.

On Saturday, the councilwoman was at the front door welcoming people in as she began her reelection campaign. Inside, a small army of volunteers were busy quickly seating supporters, serving them coffee, orange juice, pastries and fruit with such attentiveness one would almost thought they were heavily sought after donors.

Rather, they were the men and women from the neighborhoods of the 9th District, many whom have worked hand in hand with the councilwoman on varied issues such as affordable housing, health care and park space.

Los Angeles' council districts have become increasingly convoluted affairs over the decades. Perry's district covers all the way from Downtown to 95th street. In that span lie a number of different demographics and neighborhoods with very different issues, most of which don't get the press of L.A. Live or the Grand Avenue Project.

Here in Downtown, the funny shape of council districts leaves most of Downtown in Perry's hands, while Councilman Jose Huizar's 14th District extends from Boyle Heights through the southern part of the Arts District and up Broadway.

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