Voter guide to the L.A. City Council District 15 race: Tim McOsker vs Danielle Sandoval
Danielle Sandoval, former L.A. County commissioner, has never held elected office. But last Tuesday, she ran against Tim McOsker, the businessman who was a former County Supervisor, for the Los Angeles City Council District 15 seat. She got more than 11,000 votes, beating her opponent by 1,400 votes.
Sandoval, a former mayoral candidate, ran on a platform of creating more jobs. But she also has a strong background in business.
At the Mayoral debates I attended, Sandoval was the one who challenged Mayor Eric Garcetti on the economic recovery plan. When she was a public defender, she said she was “one of the brightest lights on the bench.” She has been a prosecutor, a prosecutor again.
When it comes to making a case for her candidacy, Sandoval is the most logical candidate, given the issues.
Tim McOsker, on the other hand, is an entrepreneur who has had some brushes with the law. He has a history of making promises that go unfulfilled.
His campaign manager, Joe McCreedy, spoke in an off-the-record exchange with me about his candidate.
“You know, we all have our own version of Tim,” he said. “I can say what I see. I was the mayor’s chief of staff and we started out building our campaign on being very honest, and I learned that when you’re honest you find out who’s on your side and who would go along with you anyway.
“So as a politician, I always tell people, ‘I’m not your friend. I’m your boss.’”
McOsker has been endorsed by two former supervisors, Bob Foster and Ed Reyes, while Sandoval has been endorsed by most of the Democratic council candidates, including Monica Rodriguez, Ed Reyes,