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State Sen. Padilla says he won't run for L.A. mayor

July 12, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Photo: California State Senator Alex Padilla. Credit: Cal Gov State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) said Tuesday that he will not run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013, opting instead to stay remain in the state Senate.

Padilla, 38, said he would have been “more than a viable candidate” but concluded that he would rather remain in the Legislature and work on issues involving public schools, energy and economic development.

“It was a tough decision, I’ll be honest," Padilla said. "I got a lot of great feedback and encouragement.... But after a lot of reflection, I realized I’m not ready to walk away from my current job.”

Padilla, whose district stretches from Northridge and Canoga Park to Sylmar, was one of the youngest people elected to the City Council when he took office in 1999 at age 26. He became council president two years later and was elected to the state Senate in 2006, winning reelection last year.

Padilla began weighing a run for mayor last fall and had been frequently mentioned as one of the few possible contenders from the San Fernando Valley. But he said Tuesday that he wanted to put the issue to rest before the Legislature’s four-week recess, when he planned to attend a number of community events and meetings.

So far, the list of candidates exploring mayoral bids includes City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilwoman Jan Perry, former City Hall “jobs czar” Austin Beutner and radio show host Kevin James.


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Photo: California State Senator Alex Padilla. Credit: Cal Gov