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Southern California state legislators take sides in mayor's race

March 11, 2013|By Anthony York
  • Councilman Eric Garcetti announced new support for his mayoral campaign Monday.
Councilman Eric Garcetti announced new support for his mayoral campaign… (Kevork Djansezian / Getty…)

With the field in the Los Angeles mayor’s race now whittled down to two, more state legislators from Southern California are taking sides.

Councilman Eric Garcetti announced a trio of endorsements Monday from state Sens. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) as well as former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

“These three legislative leaders will be powerful voices in this election and will help me build support in neighborhoods throughout our city," Garcetti said in a statement.

Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, who will face Garcetti in the May runoff election,  has her own support in the Capitol, including the backing of Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles). Senators Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) are among Greuel’s other legislative supporters.  

Garcetti and Greuel were the top two finishers in a crowded field of mayoral candidates last week. Garcetti finished with 33% of the vote, while Greuel pulled in 29%.

Only 18% of registered voters cast ballots in the election.

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