These Los Angeles residents have filed a “Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate” for primarily San Fernando Valley seats for Los Angeles City Council in the March 3, 2020 Primary Nominating Election.

The General Municipal Election for the top candidates following the primary election is Nov. 3, 2020.

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Here is a list of the current candidates, their chosen candidate titles, write-in candidates, campaign phone numbers or email and websites.


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Ayinde Jones, Attorney

Age 40

Jones, born in the Mid West, moved to North Hollywood where he graduated from North Hollywood High School. He graduated from Cal State Northridge and the University of La Verne, College of Law.

He is a family law and criminal defense attorney. “I am an advocate for the voiceless and stand committed to serving the people of Los Angeles.”

818-305-5431; Email:;

Eric Preven, Writer/Producer*

Age 56

Eric Preven is a 35-year resident of Studio City. Responding to a request for a mini biography, Preven replied in an email that he has “spent the past decade fighting government corruption in Los Angeles, as an award-winning journalist, member of the Studio City Neighborhood Council, and winner of two landmark government transparency legal cases against the City and County of Los Angeles. Mr. Preven’s work has appeared in The Intercept, the LA Daily News, The New Republic, and the New York Times— and has three times won LA Press Club awards…In 2019, he won a Brown Act case against the City of Los Angeles protecting the right that all members of the public have a right to be heard at public meetings.”

Preven is a University of Michigan graduate. He worked for 30-years as a television writer and producer and is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America. Preven enjoys swimming, cooking, and occasionally, writing poetry. Preven ran in the 2018 primary for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District 3.

*As per a Dec. 12 email to the Los Angeles Daily News, Preven is “Not withdrawing, challenging the clerk’s unsubstantiated evaluation that 198 of 635 submitted signatures are invalid.” He write that he “expects to be on the ballot one way or another.”

Paul Krekorian, Member of the City Council

Age 59

Krekorian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He is a graduate of Cleveland High School in Reseda. He earned a B.A. in political science from USC and a law degree from UC Berkeley.

He served for three years on the Burbank Board of Education. He represented the 43rd district from 2007-2010 in the California State Assembly. Krekorian, serving on the Los Angeles City Council since 2010, is the first Armenian-American elected to public office in Los Angeles.

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Adam Summer, Neighborhood Council Boardmember*

Age 35

“I’ve been passionate about improving life District 2 since buying a house and especially since having my young son, Ryan. I started out by incorporating my love of fitness, by starting and offering free fitness and wellness boot camps to all of my community that wanted to improve their lives.

I soon after ran for Studio City Neighborhood Council and became involved with the Outreach Committee. Homelessness, soon after, became something I could not ignore and I have worked to find my place in helping alleviate such a rampant issue. I love my District and hope to make it a place that will be loved for future generations, including my son!” (an email statement)

*No reply to a Dec. 12 Los Angeles Daily News email regarding withdrawing or applying to be a write-in candidate.

323-216-3012; Email:;

Rudy Melendez, Laborer/Artist

Age 51

Melendez ran in the 2018 primary election for California State Senate District 18.

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Susan Collins, Community Activist/Mom*

Age 56

Collins is a Realtor in the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills and Westside areas of Los Angeles. She has been involved with her local home owners association and neighborhood council. She was a co-founder of the Sherman Oaks Community Bulletin Facebook page that has provided the information about proposed community planning. Collins has lived in Los Angeles for more than 35 years.

*As per a Dec. 12 email to the Los Angeles Daily News, Collins is applying to become a write-in candidate.


David Ryu, Los Angeles City Councilmember

Age 44

Ryu immigrated at age 6 from South Korea. He grew up in Hollywood and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He graduated from UCLA.

He also studied public policy and administration at Rutgers University while completing a graduate internship at the United Nations. He worked at Kedren Community Health Center, a mental health provider in Los Angeles, and as a social services deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke before running for public office.

Ryu was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2015. He is the first Korean-American on the council.


Nithya Raman, Homelessness Nonprofit Leader

Age 38

Raman is an urban planner with degrees from Harvard and MIT. During the past year was the executive director of Time’s Up Entertainment. She has served for three years as co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s homelessness committee. She lives in Silver Lake.

323-300-4872; Email:;

Rick Joseph, Entertainment Attorney*

Age 69

Joseph grew up mostly in Los Angeles. He attended Montague Elementary School in Pacoima (among six other elementary schools), and also Bancroft Junior High School in Hollywood.

He graduated from Fairfax High School and has a degree in history from Cal State Los Angeles. He worked at a music publishing company before earning a law degree in 1986 from Whittier Law School.

His law firm in Beverly Hills has specialized in music and television for more than 30 years. Joseph lives near the Hollywood Bowl.

*No reply to a Dec. 12 Los Angeles Daily News email regarding withdrawing or applying to be a write-in candidate.

310-766-3232; Email:;

Sarah Kate Levy, Writer/Women’s Advocate

Age 44

Levy is a 20-year resident of Los Angeles. She earned a master’s degree from USC. She is a screenwriter and current member of the Writers Guild of America.

She is president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, LA Metro, on the board of the Los Angeles Library Foundation and volunteers with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project. She is also a member of Democrats for Neighborhood Action, Heart of Los Angeles Democrats and Stonewall Democrats. Levy lives in Hollywood.



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Bill Haller, Music Studio Owner

No other information.

Benito Benny Bernal, Community Advocate

Age 55

Bernal, a former vice president of Education Workers United (SEIU Local 99), has served on the Arleta Neighborhood Council and on the executive board of Valley Vote. He challenged Tony Cárdenas in 2018 for the 29th Congressional District. Bernal also ran  for San Fernando Valley mayor as part of the 2002 San Fernando Valley secession drive. He is a former board member of the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation. He has been a church, school sports and little league volunteer. Bernal was born in Los Angeles and lives in Arleta.

Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilwoman

Age 46

Martinez was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is a graduate of San Fernando High School and Cal State Northridge. Martinez served on the City of San Fernando Council, 2003-209 and the Los Angeles Unified School District School Board, 2009-2013. She was elected in 2013 to the city council. Martinez will become, in 2020, the first Latina president of the Los Angeles City Council.

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Asaad Alnajjar, Civil Engineer/Parent*

Age 55

Alnajjar, a civil engineer for more than thirty years in Los Angeles, has worked on large-scale projects including the Orange Line, bikeway paths and LAX Sepulveda Tunnel LED upgrades. He is currently working on the design-build of 35 light rail and rapid bus systems including Los Angeles World Airports’ People Mover project.

He has lived in Los Angeles for more than 37 years and, since 2003, been a Porter Ranch resident. He is a Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council board member, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department Community Police Advisory Board and a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department City Emergency Response Team. He earned civil engineering degrees, including a masters, from USC.

*As per a Dec. 11 email to the LA Daily News, Alnajjar is applying to become a write-in candidate.

818-493-9820; Email:;

Loraine Lundquist, Educator/Scientist/Mom

Age 42

Lundquist earned a Ph.D in physics from UC Berkeley. She was a research scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She is currently a faculty associate at the Institute for Sustainability at Cal State Northridge. She is the co-chair of the homelessness committee of Northridge East Neighborhood Council as well as a founding member of the West Valley Neighborhood Alliance on Homelessness. She has been a foster parent and recently adopted one of the foster children. Lundquist has lived in Northridge for nine years.

818-280-9183; Email:;

John S. Lee, City Councilmember/Father

Age 49

Lee is a life-long CD-12 resident and lives in Porter Ranch with his wife and two children. He attended Prairie Street Elementary School, Frost Middle School and Granada Hills High School.

He graduated from Cal State Northridge. His career with city government includes working as a field deputy for former Los Angeles City Councilmember Joel Wachs, chief legislative deputy to former LA City Councilmember Greig Smith and chief of staff to former LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander.

Lee has served on the boards of San Fernando Valley nonprofits including Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire PALS, the North Valley Family YMCA and the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Lee was elected in August 2019 to the Los Angeles City Council during a special general election for Council District 12.


Candidates who initially declared their intention to run for city council seats:

These candidates previously, and formally, withdrew:

  • Vivianna Alicia Dunnigan, in District 2
  • Ed Antonino, in District 12

These candidates did not complete the nominating petition filing:

  • Radomir Vojtech Luza, in District 2
  • Stacey Jane Slichta, in District 2

Information about applying to be a write-in candidate in the city of Los Angeles, see Section 312 of the Election Code:

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