Endorsement: The Times rescinds its endorsement of Danielle Sandoval for L.A. City Council
Danielle Sandoval was a frontrunner in the race to unseat Councilman Paul Koretz, who had been on the Council for three years. But, a month ago, there was a shakeup, and the endorsements of the Times and a group called the California Coalition for Responsible Government were thrown out
We spoke with Danielle Sandoval about her campaign and what she’s learned about being in a tough race in a tough district. Here are some of our highlights:
On her campaign and the shakeup of endorsement: “I was kind of shocked by the fact that they were endorsing him [Koretz] and not me, as much as I was going to vote for him, so it was quite surprising to me. But, then they have something to do with him’s district. He’s not from there. He lived in Burbank for a lot of his early years, so it’s just a thing about where you live. But, then to have somebody from another city come in and say, ‘Hey, you know, I think he’s bad for this city,’ you know? Then you’ve got a reason to run against him.
“Then, it gets to be, ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to be nice, you’ve got to be nice to him.’ Then that’s not a good idea, because if you have a good, solid endorsement from the California Coalition for Responsible Government, I think that will give you a chance.”
On her relationship with Paul Koretz: “Paul has been a strong supporter of mine, and it’s really interesting that he has been a very strong supporter of me. I think at one time, I was like, ‘Oh, I want to be Mayor of L.A.’ I was a young person, and I don’t feel comfortable with the idea of asking my elders to vote for me. But, his endorsement, that was a very strong one. And then, at one point, I felt kind of bad, because I’m so not political. So I have to go in with all, I’m going to tell him I’m