School board member Monica Garcia launches bid for Huizar seat on L.A. City Council

Los Angeles school board President Monica Garcia said Monday that she is entering the race to replace Councilman Jose Huizar, becoming the latest high-profile politician to seek the seat.

Garcia, a school board member since 2006, sent out a video of herself disclosing her decision to run in Huizar’s district, which takes in neighborhoods from downtown and Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock. In an interview, she said she plans to pursue an agenda of “community wellness” that focuses on housing, public safety, environmental justice and economic opportunity.

I’m proud to be a product of this community,” she said. “And I’ve seen people come together and do amazing things over the 12 years I’ve served on the board.”

Huizar faces term limits next year. Garcia, who was Huizar’s chief of staff when he served on the school board, made her announcement nearly two weeks after former State Sen. Kevin de León announced his own plan to run for the seat. Click here to read more: