Herb Wesson and Mark Ridley-Thomas May Be Headed for a Seat Swap

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson has announced his bid for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat in 2020. The seat is currently occupied by Mark Ridley-Thomas who will be termed out in two years.

“After discussing with my wife, Fabian, and our sons, we are excited to continue the progress we have begun in my time in the Assembly and Los Angeles City Council,” Wesson said in an email sent Dec. 3. “I am asking you to join me in these early stages of my campaign because you know where I stand. I have always prioritized making Los Angeles a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

While Wesson runs for Ridley-Thomas’ seat, there’s rumor that Ridley-Thomas could also run for his. Ridley-Thomas has yet to comment on the speculation.

Other L.A. City officials are also eyeing a place in supervisorial District 2. Former City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who now heads the city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department, has expressed interest in a run. If so, it’s sure to be an interesting campaign. Perry has butted heads with Wesson in the past.

Wesson has served on the L.A. City Council since 2006 and previously worked in the State Assembly, including a stint as Speaker. He also worked for Ridley-Thomas’ predecessor, Supervisor Yvonne Burke.

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