“Of all the issues that inspired me to run for council my concerns with the redevelopment agency are foremost,” Jim Clarke stated as spoke to supporters outside City Hall. In the crisp breeze of Friday morning, Jan. 6, Clarke was the first candidate to head down to the City Clerk’s office and file his papers for the Culver City council race coming in April.
A resident of Culver City since 1972, Clarke offered that he was running for council because of several changes. As an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, Clarke’s position had shifted. “I was in a job where I was traveling frequently with the Mayor to Washington in regard to federal grants, and with so much time out of town, I would not have been able to take on the duties of the council,” he said. ” My position is now one where I’m not traveling, so that makes it possible to serve.”
In addition, the slate of candidates running for office left a space that Clarke feels he can fill. “With only two incumbents running for four open seats, it’s an open field at this point.”
Sitting in the Armstrong Room at City Hall, Clarke signed papers and wrote a check for $10.75, the fee to file, handing it all over to Ela Valladares, the presiding city clerk. With a dozen well-wishers in attendance, Clarke received a round of applause for his signature entering the race.