Mitch O'Farrell

Challengers aim to topple Councilman Mitch O'Farrell over development

Challengers aim to topple Councilman Mitch O'Farrell over development

Four years ago, Mitch O’Farrell was the political underdog as he ran for Los Angeles City Council, vastly outspent by a competitor with powerful backers such as the mayor, labor unions and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

O’Farrell ultimately triumphed after a bruising campaign laced with accusations of homophobia, threats and voter fraud, winning on his record as a City Council aide.

Now O’Farrell is the one with the edge in campaign cash and the big-name endorsements. And now a new crop of underdogs is coming for him, arguing that O’Farrell has done too little to stop out-of-scale development that degrades neighborhoods and displaces renters in a...

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