Rudy Martinez, the challenger to 14th District Councilman José Huizar in next month’s City Council election, collapsed last night following a candidates’ forum in El Sereno.
Martinez was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena where he was kept overnight. Tests were run and his episode was determined to be a muscle spasm that was attributed to stress and exhaustion, said George Gonzalez, a spokesman for the campaign.
Martinez was released this morning and sent home with orders to rest and take muscle-relaxing medication, said Gonzalez, who was with the candidate during and after last night’s community forum.
Gonzalez said that after the event, Martinez reported feeling poorly. He collapsed and complained of chest pains. Gonzalez said doctors determined that Martinez had not suffered a heart attack or stroke.
&c. Martinez had been notably exerting himself walking precincts in recent weeks.