Field thins for Núñez seat

Looks like it's down to Villaraigosa cousin and labor favorite John Perez. Arturo Chavez, an aide to Sen. Gil Cedillo, and Ricardo Lara, an aide to Speaker Fabian Núñez, have decided not to run for the Speaker's central Los Angeles Assembly seat, says Capitol Weekly:

“There are lots of friends and family involved in this,” Chavez said. “Sometimes those things are more important than individual gain.” Chavez grew up with Cedillo and Villaraigosa, and has known Perez since he was five-years-old. He is not only close with the candidates and their surrogates, but also the candidates’ families.

“There’s just too many family members and friends involved -- too many splits and divisions that are not necessary. We don’t need that right now. We’ve worked way too hard to build [Latino] representation. We’ve had enough scandals and problems with our folks who are elected.”

Chavez said that he did have a conversation with Villaraigosa about the race, but that Cedillo was still urging him to run. His decision was a personal one.

“There was no deal. I don’t have anything that I’ve been offered,” he said with a laugh.

The Sacramento Bee says it's unclear whether Lara is out.

Also: Former Assemblyman Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood, decided not join in the fray between Assemblyman Merv Dymally and former Assemblyman Rod Wright for the state Senate, per Capitol Weekly.


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