Los Angeles City Council Herb Wesson said Wednesday he intends to step down from the council presidency in January and is pushing for Councilwoman Nury Martinez to succeed him in the post.
Wesson, president of the 15-member council since 2012, said he is leaving the powerful post to focus on his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles County Supervisors in the March election. He introduced a motion calling for a vote on his replacement to be held Tuesday. He will continue to serve on the City Council until his term expires in December 2020.
Wesson, who represents neighborhoods stretching from Koreatown to the Crenshaw Corridor, touted a list of his accomplishments as president, including multiple increases in the city’s minimum wage, passage of a $1.2-billion bond measure to battle homelessness and a shift in the city’s election schedule to even-numbered years, a step aimed at boosting voter turnout.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a unified council over the last eight years,” he said in a statement.
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I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish as a unified Council over the last eight years, and have no doubt that the good governance that has helped to make LA the greatest city in the world will carry on under our next president.
— Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. (@CMHerbJWesson) November 27, 2019