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Jan Perry steps up mail campaign in mayor's race

January 31, 2013 |  5:33 pm

As Wendy Greuel hits the airwaves and the top two candidates in the mayoral race skirmish over her record as the city’s controller, City Councilwoman Jan Perry is quietly blanketing Los Angeles’ mailboxes with glossy mailers just days before voters can begin casting ballots by mail.

Over the past week, Perry has sent mailers to all corners of the city. The three most recent focused on policy –- job creation, crime and the environment –- touting her accomplishments as a councilwoman and her priorities if elected mayor.

The mailer she sent on Jan. 24 was biographical, about a cross being burned at her childhood home, and featured a picture of a large cross engulfed in flames surrounded by the quote “Mommy … There’s a Fire in the Backyard,” and a letter from her mother Bettie about the family’s persistence.

Greuel and Eric Garcetti have been getting the most attention in the mayoral race, a function of name recognition, fundraising prowess and a slew of endorsements, from major unions to celebrities. And Kevin James is receiving notice because he is the sole Republican among the top contenders.

But Perry is arguing that she is the candidate who is actually making inroads in the race, pointing to a recent debate when all the other candidates said they would vote for her if they were not running, and to an endorsement Thursday by the Los Angeles Downtown News.

“Our campaign to make Los Angeles work for everyone is gaining momentum,” she wrote in a Thursday email to supporters.

Here are links to PDFs of Perry's mailers:

Jan. 30, job creation: "Jan Perry Tough Enough to Put Los Angeles Back to Work"

Jan. 29, crime and gun violence: "Jan Perry Tough Enough To Protect Our Communities"

Jan. 25, environment: "Jan Perry, An Innovative Environmental Leader"

Jan. 24, biographical: "Mommy ... There's a Fire in the Backyard"


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