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Carolyn Ramsay for L.A. Council District 4
Carolyn Ramsay for L.A. Council District 4

The race to replace longtime City Councilman Tom LaBonge started out promisingly — there were 14 candidates from inside politics and out, some more serious than others, but enough who were smart, enterprising and scrappy. Now, after an appallingly low turnout primary in a district known for its neighborhood activism, voters are left with the two top performers, Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu. At the moment, neither offers a particularly clear or persuasive vision for fixing the city's ills — its fiscal crisis, homelessness, failing infrastructure — or appears ready to hold his or her own with domineering City Council President Herb Wesson. Both are smart and have a good...