L.A. races begin to take shape

No challengers filed against City Council members Wendy Greuel, Tom LaBonge and Greig Smith by Saturday's deadline. Minor rivals tentatively filed their intentions to run against Herb Wesson, Bernard Parks and Tony Cardenas. Jose Huizar's field deputy, Alvin Parra, resigned minutes before filing against his former boss. There's also the open race to succeed Alex Padilla, but it's a special election so the nominating papers don't come in until next week.

The action figures to be in the school board races, where eyes will be watching to see if Mayor Villaraigosa tries to handpick a majority. All three incumbents who are running drew opposition. Six contenders filed in the district being vacated by Mike Lansing, who chose not to run again.

March 6 election likely a busy one (Daily News)
Aide quits job with Huizar to run against him (L.A. Times)

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