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Gloria Molina to challenge Huizar next year

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is being termed out of her board seat later this year, said Friday she will challenge Jose Huizar next year for his seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

“I am concerned that there is only one woman on the City Council,” Molina told the Los Angeles Times in a story posted on the paper’s website.

“When I left, that wasn’t the case at all.”

Molina, 66, served on the council from 1987-91. The former assemblywoman has served on the Board of Supervisors for 23 years.

She told The Times she is also concerned about the level of city services being provided in some of Huizar’s district, which includes Boyle Heights, parts of downtown Los AngelesHighland Park and Eagle Rock. Molina said she was particularly concerned about Boyle Heights, saying it has not received enough attention from the city.

Huizar, 45, has been representing District 14 on the council since 2005, when he was elected to complete the term of Antonio Villaraigosa following his election as mayor. He has been re-elected twice. He previously served on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

“From revitalizing Broadway and helping create thousands of jobs downtown, to building new parks, to championing groundbreaking pedestrian, bike and business-friendly policies that are the model for the entire city, the service to Council District 14 constituents has never been higher and I look forward to continuing to serve as their council member for the next four years,” Huizar said in a statement.

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