Voter guide to the L.A. City Council District 15 race: Tim McOsker vs Danielle Sandoval
With no Democrats running, the race to represent District 15 on the Los Angeles City Council is wide open, with as many as five candidates competing against each other.
To some Democrats, it’s an unusually important race for one of the most contested districts in the city, where the candidates might have to split the vote for victory.
In the race for Congress, there’s so much at stake that the battle over the district – one of the nation’s most conservative – has become so intense that Democrats have accused Republicans of being afraid of alienating Hispanic voters if they oppose Donald Trump.
For the record, Sandoval is a resident of San Pedro, and McOsker is a resident of Lynwood, while Republican incumbent Dana Beyer lives in nearby Alhambra.
The race to represent District 15 on the Los Angeles City Council has been very tight.
No Democrats are running in the race.
In the district, the Democratic Party is just over 40 percent of the vote. But that would still leave voters in the seat, which is in a heavily Republican area of the city, with some pretty tough competition for control of a city in a major Democratic stronghold.
Here are the important races today, and voter guide details below.
Tim McOsker vs Danielle Sandoval
Education: High school graduate
Previous experience: McOsker has worked as a police officer in the L.A. Sheriff’s Office, a corrections officer at San Bernardino County Jail, and a police officer in the Harbor Division at the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.
Political: McOsker served as treasurer for LAFD during his time as a cop and was on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors from 2009 to January 2016, when he resigned as treasurer after controversy erupted over a contract with the city of Pasadena. He also ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic nominee for sheriff in 2013.
Education: Bachelor’s degree
Previous experience: Sandoval was an executive for a commercial real estate and construction firm, and previously worked in