Local Los Angeles school board member Marlene Canter will have no opposition in March’s primary election and therefore will begin a new four-year-term July 1st.

Wednesday, December 8th, was the deadline for Los Angeles Unified School District candidates to return papers for the primary ballot Tuesday, March 8th.

Canter represents the local Fourth District, which includes areas from Westchester north to Encino.

Returning a nominating petition — a document in which candidates qualify for the ballot by collecting 500 to 1,000 signatures from registered voters — is the second official step for candidates in the primary election.

CITY COUNCIL — Three candidates for the local Los Angeles City Council District 11 turned in qualifying nominating petitions: Flora Gil Krisiloff, Angela Reddock and Bill Rosendahl.

Los Angeles Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski will leave the council seat June 30th because of term limits.

The 11th District represents an area including Los Angeles International Airport, Westchester, Playa del Rey, Venice, the Marina Peninsula, Mar Vista and Del Rey areas.

The district also includes Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

Krisiloff is the chairwoman of the Brentwood Community Council and a former member of the city West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission.

Reddock is an attorney and a commissioner on the city Board of Transportation.

Rosendahl is a former cable executive, journalist and visiting professor at California State University Dominguez Hills.

The third official step for candidates is a random drawing to determine the order of candidates’ names on the ballot.

The first official step was for candidates to file a declaration of intention to become a candidate.

Paul Whitehead, a Los Angeles school teacher who was the November Republican nominee in the 36th Congressional District, held by Congresswoman Jane Harman, had filed a declaration of intention but dropped out of the 11th District race and did not turn in a nominating petition.

Whitehead said he wants to run for elected office again in 2006 and is endorsing Rosendahl in the current 11th Council District race.

“Bill has an incredible amount of support across west Los Angeles, Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Westchester and Venice,” Whitehead said.

“I am convinced that Bill’s judgment, his views and his experience will complement the City of Los Angeles,” he said.

CITY RACES — Eleven candidates are running for Los Angeles mayor against incumbent James Hahn. The challengers are:

n Richard Alarcon, state senator from the San Fernando Valley and former Los Angeles City Councilmember;

n Martin Luther King Aubrey Sr., state employee;

n Ted Crisell, newspaper publisher;

n Bruce Darian, businessman;

n Bob Hertzberg, attorney, businessman and former speaker of the State Assembly;

n Wendy Lyons, meat packer;

n Addie Miller, senior citizen advocate;

n Walter Moore, business trial lawyer;

n Bernard Parks, councilmember and former Los Angeles police chief;

n Antonio Villaraigosa, councilmember and former speaker of the State Assembly; and

n Bill Wyatt, businessman.

City attorney Rocky Delgadillo has no opponents in the March primary. Etan Lorant, an attorney, filed a declaration of intention but not a nominating petition.

City controller Laura Chick is seeking another four-year term and will be opposed by Mervin Evans, an author and management consultant.

The Los Angeles city clerk has until Saturday, December 18th, to determine if candidates submitted enough valid signatures for their nominating petitions.

If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in March, a runoff election between the top two candidates will be held Tuesday, May 17th.

Elected city officials serve four-year terms that will begin Friday, July 1st.

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