Kevin James, who finished third as the sole Republican in the Los Angeles mayor’s race, said Wednesday that the experience was among the “most rewarding” in his life, and declined to rule out another run for office.
“Seeing so many people get involved in their community and being challenged every day …. by the other candidates, being challenged by voters, I thought that scrutiny was interesting and exciting, just everything about,” James said in an interview. “Fundraising is a bit monotonous, but other than that….I did 42 debates, I would have done 52 debates.”
He has not decided whether he will endorse one of the Democrats who made the runoff. But he said he has strict criteria on which he would make his decision and plans to meet with both City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti.
“For Ms. Greuel, I need to have some confidence that there’s going to be some semblance of independence between her position as mayor and the public-sector unions,” James said.
Greuel was a major beneficiary of union spending in the race, and on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of a powerful union that represents 10,000 city workers.
“That just means that her hill gets steeper. That doesn’t mean she can’t achieve it,” James said.
“For Mr. Garcetti, I need to have some confidence and belief that he will run the office of mayor differently than he did as council president,” he said.