Former Lawmaker Seeks to Unseat L.A. Councilwoman Nury Martinez

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A 2013 candidate forum attended by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, left, and her opponent, former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez in 2013. (Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

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Former Assemblywoman Cindy Montañez said Saturday she intends to challenge Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez in the March 3 election, setting up a rematch of a nasty contest waged last year.

Montañez, who worked until recently for the Department of Water and Power, said she filed the initial paperwork needed to run against Martinez, who has held city office for just over a year.

A resident of Van Nuys, Montañez said Martinez has not put enough work into solving neighborhood problems such as crime, graffiti, sidewalk repairs, park cleanup and prostitution.

“The quality of life hasn’t gotten any better, and I just think we need better representation,” Montañez said.

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