Martinez Running For City Council
Hillel Aron | July 31, 2012
School Board Member Nury Martinez has long been rumored to be planning a run for Tony Cardenas’ City Council District 6 seat, which will become vacant when Cardenas gets elected to U.S. Congress, which he is expected to do in a walk. This would set the stage for a fight for Martinez’s school board seat, and it could also upset the delicate balance of the current school board, which narrowly re-elected Monica Garcia as president and is just one UTLA-sponsored candidate away from tipping the board over to a Garcia opponent like Dr. Richard Vladovic.
The Daily News’ Rick Orlav made it semi-official yesterday morning, noting that Martinez is “looking to run for the 6th Council District Seat.” Yesterday afternoon, I got unofficial confirmation from sources close to Martinez.
If Martinez leaves and a Vladovic ally replaces her, Deasy will have to work with a board majority that’s much different from the one that brought him in.
No word yet on who might be interested in running to replace Martinez. In 2009, she defeated Louis Pugliese by about 600 votes, or two percentage points, although he received no significant special interest support and spent $30,000 of his own money.