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Ryu won council seat by seizing outsider status, Korean American backing
Ryu won council seat by seizing outsider status, Korean American backing

David Ryu went up against the biggest names in Los Angeles City Hall on election day — and won. Branding himself as a City Hall outsider, the City Council candidate defeated a rival backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and a glut of other local political heavyweights, making history as the first Korean American ever elected to the council. Ryu, 39, a health center executive, cruised to victory in his Sherman Oaks-to-Silver Lake district three years after Koreatown activists lost a bitter battle with Wesson over Asian American political representation during redistricting. His triumph Tuesday over former council aide Carolyn Ramsay was propelled, in part,...

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