By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014
Los Angeles City Council District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay has announced her intention to step down from her post as Councilman Tom LaBonge’s chief of staff to focus on her campaign full time.
City Council District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay ha
With Councilman Tom LaBonge’s support, Carolyn Ramsay is leaving city hall to focus on her CD 4 campaign. (photo by Aaron Blevins)
Ramsay made the announcement last Thursday, saying she plans to leave the Council District 4 office at the end of April.
“The campaign is going very, very well and deserves my full attention,” she said. “I’m serious about this. I love this district. It is my home. I’d be honored to represent it, and I need to focus on it.”
Due to her announcement, LaBonge said he is reviewing all of the positions in his office, and at some point in the next three weeks, he will make an announcement about Ramsay’s successor.
“No one replaces Carolyn Ramsay,” he said.
The council candidate has worked in LaBonge’s office since 2006, when she served as a field deputy. She said she was “very lucky” to have worked with LaBonge, and that their heart and soul are essentially in the same place.
“I think it’s a new page, and I’m looking forward,” Ramsay said. “And I’m proud of the work that I’ve done with Councilman LaBonge — extremely, extremely proud.”
LaBonge has been an outspoken supporter of his staff member’s campaign, but Ramsay said the decision to step down was not made due to conflict of interest reasons.
“There was no conflict. It’s just that we actually got approval for two of the final projects that I wanted to help shepherd through. So I felt as though there was a possibility to focus on the campaign full time,” she said.
The projects included a Shakespeare stage in Griffith Park for the Independent Shakespeare Company and three artificial turf soccer fields at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks park, among others, Ramsay said.
She said working at city hall while campaigning was also time-intensive, but she viewed it as preparation for the coming months.
“It was good for me to go through that for the past seven months, so I knew what to expect,” Ramsay said.
She added that she is also enjoying a substantial lead in fundraising, and did not want to lose ground.
“I’m just grateful for the many, many folks in CD 4 who have supported my campaign in many different ways,” Ramsay said.
She is among nine candidates vying to succeed LaBonge in 2015. The other candidates are Tara Bannister, Teddy Davis, Sheila Irani, Wally Knox, Joan Pelico, John Nelson Perron Jr., Steve Veres and Oscar Winslow.
The Primary Election will be held on March 3, 2015, and the General Election will follow on May 19, 2015.