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Candidates Are Gearing-Up for L.A. City Elections

Officials are still in the process of finalizing the list of 49 candidates vying for 17 municipal seats in the May 2013 elections. There are 14 candidates looking to fill outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's seat.

The Los Angeles City Clerk's Office announced on Friday that the random drawing used to determine the order in which candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the upcoming municipal elections has been moved back 30 minutes to 8:30 Monday morning.

Forty-nine candidates are running for 17 seats, including that of the mayor's office, city attorney, city controller, eight city council seats, three board of trustees seats and three spots for board of education.

The deadline to file a nominating petition was Wednesday and the clerk's office will be finalizing the list of candidates over the next few days, according to officials.

There are 14 candidates looking to fill current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's seat, including Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilwoman Jan Parry, attorney and former federal prosecutor Kevin James, technology company executive and former Villaraigosa personal assistant Emanuel Pleitez, City News Service reported.

The mayoral candidates are beginning to gather endorsements, City News Service reported. Councilman Ed Reyes and the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley endorsed Garcetti; Gruel picked up an endorsement from councilmen Bill Rosendahl, Tony Cardenas and Jose Huizar; Perry was endorsed by Councilman Bernard Parks and former councilmembers Greig Smith and Ruth Galanter.

See the full list of candidates attached.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Sharon December 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Kevin James has been endorsed by Steve Cooley. Please go to his website and check him out - he would make a great mayor for our detoriating city. We need someone with his experience, dedication and knowledge to get our city back on track!
Cynthia Price December 09, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Garcetti and Perry are Career Politicians, Perry especially is for big business who lines her pockets...need i say more.
The MOG December 09, 2012 at 06:08 AM
EXCELLENT!
nonoise December 09, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Jan Perry played the victim race card at the Glassell Park debate. Her family was under Jim Crow laws so she should be elected. No kidding.
Terry Stobie December 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Gruel is the best of the corrupt insiders,She would help the valley But James would be the best one for the city
Bad Teacher December 10, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Get educated and Vote Republican before this city goes broke from corruption.
James Dromo December 11, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Draiman is a viable candidate with community service and energy efficiency experience
venicebeachpress.com December 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Mark M. Herd (candidate for CD5) is a fiscally conservative democrat that supports Kevin James for Mayor 1. Website www.voteherd.com 2. Patch Articles on MMH http://centurycity.patch.com/search?keywords=Mark+Herd 3. Youtube Video Mark Herd w/ Mayor Villaraigosa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qelLDIK61rc Vote March 5, 2013 Kevin James (Mayor) Mark M. Herd (CD5)
James Dromo January 01, 2013 at 01:47 AM
This is a kind of Mayor Los Angeles needs. Draiman has the business acumen, the passion and energy to bring the city of Los Angeles back to economic health See the video in youtube: Draiman Mayoral Candidate Interview - Dec. 24, 2012 - YouTube► 18:04► 18:04 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAhC83qfFXg YJ Draiman - LA Mayoral Candidate 2013 TV Interview December 24, 2012. www.draimanformayor2013.com.
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YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA January 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM
WHO WILL END THE CORRUPTION IN LA CITY GOVERNMENT? It has taken 19 years to grow the current mess at LA City Hall. It was created by a succession of three Mayors, with the active cooperation of the Personnel Department and at least one crooked Councilman. Acting without legal authority and without a vote of the electorate, that power-grabbing gang trampled the City Charter, degraded the Board of Civil Service Commissioners, usurped the Board's powers, and made individual department heads more powerful, but less accountable to the public. Now, the City's shameful secret has been exposed. The corruption must end. Moreover, some City Watchers agree that the next Mayor of Los Angeles will be expected to restore the Board of Civil Service Commissioners—to clean up the mess the departing gang leaves behind. However, other Watchers are not convinced any of the declared Mayoral candidates they have heard about can be expected to put the public interest ahead of their own. Well, according to a local newspaper, there are now only four declared candidates for the Mayor's office: Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry and Kevin James. Nevertheless, that paper forgot to mention that YJ Draiman also wants to be Mayor of Los Angeles.
kenneth scalir February 15, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Dennis Zine is a terrible candidate for L.A. City Controller. Anybody but Zine! (ABZ)
Odilia Abomo February 15, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Changing the sheets, stable morals LA. vote for Windy or Perry. Enough of Kong and pops. LA need a city's mother that care! Sincerely Advisor; Prophet Odilia
Odilia Abomo February 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Wendy Grueuel or Jan Perry for Mayor
Nimby pimp February 15, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Zine looks the part of a bouncer, not a Controller. You think he can count?
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA February 15, 2013 at 08:26 AM
If you vote, you can make a difference by shear numbers alone! Los Angeles must change its dysfunctional leadership! The current leadership had its chance it failed. The “Vote Organization” sponsored by YJ Draiman intends to gather the masses of the population, the people who are being ignored and apathetic. These people outnumber the Special interests groups and their puppets by at least 8-2. In gathering all the masses to vote as a cohesive force by sheer numbers alone, we can retake our government and place candidates whose allegiance is to the people as a whole. We can place candidates who care about the people, our cities, states and country. YJ Draiman http://www.yjdraiman2013.com/
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA March 01, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Mayoral Candidate YJ Draiman and City Council Candidates announce a Press Conference to be held on March 1, 2013 at 12 noon in South LA. Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate YJ Draiman and Six LA’s City Council Candidates to Make Major Announcement in a Joint Media Conference Regarding Tuesday's March 5, 2013 LA’s Primary Election. Calling a joint press conference tomorrow morning at 12 noon, Mayoral Candidate Yehuda "YJ" Draiman and several City Council candidates will present a joint statement These Candidates holding different political views on other subjects can all agree on this unifying issue. For more information and to add your support contact: via email: yjdraimanformayor@yjdraiman.org or Tel. 818-366-6999. YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013 http://draimanformayor2013.com http://www.smartvoter.org/2013/03/05/ca/la/vote/draiman_y/ http://bit.ly/draimanformayor2013 YouTube

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