Major African-American leaders announced their choices in the mayoral race, with Magic Johnson backing City Controller Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry endorsing City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Black voters in the city, many of whom supported Councilwoman Perry in her unsuccessful mayoral bid, could be pivotal in the May 21 runoff.
Both endorsers on Thursday displayed some raw emotion in their moves, with Perry castigating Greuel’s attacks on her personal financial history in the primary campaign’s closing days and Johnson bristling at suggestions that he was a celebrity rather than a businessman with a long-time vested interest in South Los Angeles.
With the city clerk’s release of final primary election results, check out The Times’ data desk’s overview of the final election results in all races as well as maps showing the geographic strengths of the mayoral candidates.
On the campaign trail, the mayoral candidates find themselves walking a fine line as they discuss labor. Both are liberal Democrats who are supportive of organized labor and collective bargaining, while at the same time are cognizant of the massive budget issues facing the city in parts because of Los Angeles’ agreements with public-employee unions.