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Barbara Boxer endorses Wendy Greuel for L.A. mayor

November 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

Wendy Greuel at a Los Angeles mayoral candidate debate in Sept. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

In the increasingly quickened pace of the Los Angeles mayoral race, City Controller Wendy Greuel has earned the endorsement of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who called her a “proven leader” who can focus on creating jobs and improving the economy.

“This year, we made history by electing unprecedented numbers of women to the House and Senate,” Boxer said in a statement, which highlighted the role of women in Greuel’s campaign so far. “Next year, Angelenos can make history by electing Wendy Greuel as the first woman to serve as mayor of Los Angeles.”

Greuel said she was “extremely grateful” for the endorsement. “Boxer is an icon and a role model for so many women who want to make change in our communities,” said Greuel in an interview Thursday. “She’s one of the best known progressive leaders in the country.”

Greuel has garnered a number of endorsements, including from three Los Angeles city councilmen.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is attempting to position herself as a business-friendly mayoral candidate, has said she is also counting on attracting the support of women voters in the city. And Councilman Eric Garcetti, who has run most closely to Greuel in polling and fundraising, recently reported a narrow lead in campaign cash, raising $2.87 million as of Sept. 30 to Greuel’s $2.8 million.

Other candidates seeking to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who must step down due to term limits, are former prosecutor Kevin James and tech company executive Emanuel Pleitez.


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Photo: Wendy Greuel at a Los Angeles mayoral candidate debate in September. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times