Rosendahl Fighting Cancer, Will Not Seek Reelection

Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl will not seek another term

By Olsen Ebright
|  Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012  |  Updated 2:51 PM PDT
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Rosendahl Fighting Cancer, Will Not Seek Reelection

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LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl thanks supporters in a YouTube video posted Aug. 16, 2012.

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Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who was diagnosed with cancer in July, will not seek reelection in March, according to a statement from his office.

The 67-year-old politician formally announced his decision at Tuesday morning's City Council meeting. Rosendahl has represented the 11th District since July 2005.

"I've never given up on hope. I always believe that if you can go forward in a positive spirit, you might be, with the Lord's help, (able to) make a difference with your soul and with yourself," he said.

Rosendahl was diagnosed with a form of cancer that developed in the ureter, a tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder. So far, he has undergone 13 radiation treatments and at least three rounds of chemotherapy, he told the council in September following a medical leave.

In a letter scheduled to be sent to constituents Tuesday night, Rosendahl will endorse his chief deputy Mike Bonin for the CD11 seat.

"With Mike ready to fill my shoes, I can step aside with confidence, knowing the issues we have worked on and the vision that we share in rebuilding our local democracy will move forward without interruption, without hesitation and with a genuine appreciation for the needs of this district and its amazing constituency," he wrote.

The councilman also plans to return to public life.

"Please know that I don't plan to fade away.  On the contrary, once I have beaten this cancer I plan to return to public affairs broadcasting on television or radio. I want to create a space for honest and open dialogue on the important issues facing our city, our state and our country; a space where people can finish their sentences, share their thoughts and contribute in a positive way to the public discourse," he wrote.

Read Rosendahl's full statement here.

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