Businessman Ramit Varma is the latest Los Angeles mayoral candidate to qualify for the June primary election ballot after filing a petition with a sufficient number of valid signatures, the LA City Clerk announced Thursday. .
LA city councilors Kevin de León and Joe Buscaino, as well as real estate developer Rick Caruso, have also already qualified for the ballot.
City Attorney Mike Feuer and Rep. Karen Bass submitted their petitions Tuesday, but the City Clerk’s Office had not finalized their status by Thursday afternoon. The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers is Wednesday at 5 p.m.
A provisional field of 27 candidates filed paperwork by the February 12 deadline to run for mayor of Los Angeles in the June 7 election.
But not all candidates who have filed will automatically end up on the ballot. Prospective candidates must collect a minimum of 500 valid voter signatures, but candidates who collect at least 1,000 signatures will avoid a $300 filing fee.
Other candidates who have filed declarations of intent to run, but
have not yet submitted their nomination requests, are:
— Real estate agent and former Metro board member, Mel Wilson.
— businessman Craig Greiwe.
— Alex Gruenenfelder Smith, social justice advocate and member of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council;
— Chuck Cho, who does not identify with a title;
— John ”Jsamuel” Jackson, self-proclaimed business owner;
— self-proclaimed housing advocate G. Juan Johnson;
— self-proclaimed entrepreneur Douglas Paul Nichols;
— William “Rodriguez” Morrison, who was the 2017 Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives for the 34th District and won about 3% of the vote;
— lawyer Andrew Kim;
— Jesse N. Forte, who identified himself in paperwork as an “astronaut,” but whose LinkedIn account says he does seasonal simulation testing for a space architecture and engineering firm ;
— construction professional Sean Isaac Enright;
— CEO of SilentRight Barry “Boenvilla” Boen;
— Army veteran and self-proclaimed education advocate, Austin Dragon;
— self-proclaimed businesswoman Juanita Lopez;
— self-proclaimed community activist Vincent “King Spider-D” Willis;
— Business Administration Advisor Jesseca Harvey;
— homeless lawyer Louis De Barraicua, whose website says he teaches film;
— chiropractor Jemiss Nazar;
— Alycia Tashaunna Lowery, who works in children’s social work;
— Chris Gilmore, who identified himself as a business owner; and
— Community activist Gina Viola.