City Council District 1 debate turns ugly

Apr 19, 2017

Joe Bray-Ali (left) and Gil Cedillo | Courtesy candidate campaigns

Monday night’s City Council District 1 debate between candidates Joe Bray-Ali and Gil Cedillo was supposed to be about housing policy. But that was all but forgotten during what became a rowdy affair with screaming audience members and ethnic taunts directed at one of the candidates. The police were even called in.

“It was a riotous event that felt more like an Eastern European soccer match than a forum on municipal politics,” writes L.A. Weekly reporter Hillel Aron.

The Bray-Ali campaign posted a Facebook Live video of the debate in which Bray-Ali was branded a “gentrifier” by Cedillo, the incumbent, and told to “Go back to India” by an audience member (Bray-Ali’s father, Saeed Ali,  is an Indian immigrant who has worked as a top aide to several Latino politicians.)

The debate comes after last month’s primary election in which Cedillo was the top vote-getter by far but failed to win at least 50% of the votes needed to avoid a runoff with Bray-Ali, who came in second. The runoff election is scheduled for May 16.

The First Council District includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington. Don’t Know What District You Are In? Go Here


#LACD1 Debate April 17 hosted at CARECEN.

Posted by Joe Bray-Ali for City Council on Monday, April 17, 2017

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