May 23, 2013
By Brian W. Carter
LAWT Staff Writer
The community has spoken in favor of Curren Price by electing him 9th District councilman. Price led over his opponent, Ana Cubas, by 53.55 percent of the vote. For over five decades, the 9th District has been represented by the best in the African American community. The late Gilbert W. Lindsay represented the 9th as councilmember from 1962–1990, followed by Rita Walters, who served from 1991-2001 and Jan Perry, who started her term in 2001 and recently termed out. Now, Price joins in a distinct legacy as he enters the 9th District seat.
As Price refers to the district, “The New Ninth” will be an example of true change. He knows the issues and has plans on addressing them.
“I am very familiar with the opportunities and obstacles that exist in this district, almost one-third of which is in the 26th Senate District, which I now represent," he told the Sentinel in an earlier interview.
Backed by influential politicians such as City Council President Herb Wesson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and by former 9th District City Councilmember, Jan Perry, Price comes highly recommended for the job.
Having served a full term in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2008, he began representing the 26th District after he won the election in 2009 and was re-elected in 2010.
He has been a champion for workers across the board supporting unions vital to the economy in California. Price has also been a staunch advocate for public education.
Affordable healthcare was a cornerstone in his campaign, making sure all parties are supported and represented. He has put forth legislations ensuring vital services remain in hospitals and that the public is made aware of important notifications.
Price has been one of the more vocal proponents of keeping small businesses up and running by helping to implement policies that spark economic growth. He chairs the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, which regulates legislation in relation to businesses, professional services and international trade.
He previously served on Governmental Organizations and Local Government. Price serves on more than 10 Select Committees focusing on major issues and opportunities confronting California including: Appropriations, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Education, and Public Safety. He chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on the Arts and the Legislative Black Caucus.