David Ryu, the
Flanked by his parents, Ryu, 39, took the oath of office administered by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke, who he once worked for as an aide.
"I am proud to lead my community through these doors to take in our rightful place sharing in the leadership of Los Angeles," said Ryu, a health center executive.
He noted that his victory in last month’s election to choose a successor to Councilman
"I was chosen not because of my ethnic heritage," he said. "I was chosen because I made the commitment to the people of the 4th to put our neighborhood first."
Joining Ryu on stage were Mayor
Ryu's victory came in a district that is just 7.4% Asian American. During the campaign, he promised to address what he said was development that was out of scale with district neighborhoods and crumbling infrastructure.
LaBonge was termed out of office.