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In the 12th Council District, it'll be Mitchell Englander

In the 12th Council District, it'll be Mitchell Englander

Mitchell Englander is the elephant in the room, which is to say that in a Los Angeles City Council chamber inhabited by 14 Democrats, he is the only Republican. For the most part that distinction goes unnoticed; city government is officially nonpartisan, and Englander doesn't engage in political rants. He's very much in line with the district that he represents — the 12th, in the northwestern corner of the San Fernando Valley. So much in line, in fact, that no one filed to run against him in the March 3 election. Voters will see his name on the ballot, but they will have little choice. Vote for him or not, Englander will be elected to a second City Council term. That...

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