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Wesson's Campaign headquarters (Photo by P.A. Edmead Jr.) Elected officials and the community came out to show their support for Councilman Herb Wesson and his work in the 10th district.By Yussuf J. Simmonds and Ed JohnsonCouncilmember Herb Wesson was joined by his colleagues and hundreds of friends and supporters to kick-off his campaign for reelection to the City Council's 10th District Among those present were Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Karen Bass; Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Yvonne B. Burke (ret.); Assembly-members Mike Davis and Holly Mitchell; Los Angeles City Council members: Council President Eric Garcetti, Tom LaBonge, David Cunningham (ret.) and Rita Walters (ret.); City Controller Wendy Greuel, Pasadena city councilman Chris Holden, L.A. School Board Member Marguerite LaMotte, actor Roger E. Moseley and Willis Edwards.The ambiance at campaign headquarters was a class act ... vintage Herb Wesson, in addition to a massive turnout punctuated with music, dancing, food, and a warm and friendly campaign atmosphere. A diverse and enthusiastic crowd of over 600 supporters and well-wishers joined the councilman Herb Wesson in kicking-off his 2011 re-election drive.In addition to the large throng of community supporters, Wesson, who is seeking his second full term on the City Council representing the 10th District, was praised for his outstanding work in serving the needs of his district by the large array of prominent elected officials who came to lend their support. Several of them also offered to canvass the district door-to-door on his behalf.Words of praise punctuated each speaker in their efforts on behalf of the hard-working and beloved councilman. Garcetti started off by saying, "I am pleased to be here and on my way I wrote a poem while thinking about Herb."
He read the poem and was followed by Ridley-Thomas who commented: "I support the leadership of Herb Wesson who we are fortunate to have because he understands business and how to create jobs."Then it was the women's turn; starting off with newly elected Congresswoman Karen Bass, who said, "I'm pleased to be here to support Herb because he showed me how to be a Speaker (she was the third African American Speaker of the Assembly, following Wesson and Willie Brown) I have to go to D.C. but will be back at the end of the month to help Herb."She was followed by her colleague, Congresswoman Waters who commented about the campaign headquarters: "One thing about Herb, he has the best headquarters. This district is special to me; I launched my career from this district working for Dave Cunningham who followed Tom Bradley and then Nate Holden followed. They all did a wonderful job developing the 10th district. Herb Wesson thinks big."Veteran legislator Yvonne B. Burke then took the mike and remarked how she is still called supervisor and among other things: "But you can just call me Yvonne. Herb was my campaign manager when I ran for supervisor; he has made a difference in this district," she said, "and he has accomplished what no one else has and he knows how to count money and votes."The other elected officials were equally gracious in their praise for Wesson: City Controller Greuel, Councilmen Tom La Bonge, and Holden.
Moseley, " ... an actor without a script," chimed in, "my relationship with Wesson is different. He did something that a politician never does ... he apologized..." Assemblyman Davis then introduced Wesson who, in his remarks Wesson reminded the crowd of the $700 million in new investment and the 23,000 new jobs created since he has been on the Council, and pledged to continue the work he has begun. "My job is jobs," said Wesson. "In the coming years we will remake the face of this community and it will become the jewel of the City of Los Angeles. Because it's not about me, it's about "we," it's about "us." It's about our community, and with your help, we will continue to achieve great things."The successful grand opening of his campaign continues the momentum that has been generated by Councilmember Wesson receiving endorsements from the Democratic Party, the LA County Federation of Labor, the Service Employees International Union, the League of Conservation Voters, the Stonewall Democratic Club, the United Fire Fighters of Los Angeles, the LA Police Protective League, and Planned Parenthood.Individuals interested in getting involved in the campaign are invited to contact Wesson's new campaign headquarters, located at 4635 West Pico Boulevard,the phone number: 323-935-HERB (4372).