Former competitor endorses Garcetti for L.A. mayor

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – One-time mayoral candidate Jan Perry is expected to endorse Eric Garcetti today.

The endorsement of the councilwoman, one of the three black members of the 15-member City Council, was expected to be announced at an 11 a.m. news conference at the 28th St. YMCA.

An endorsement by Perry, who made a strong showing in South Los Angeles in the March 5 primary, has the potential to sway her nearly 60,000 supporters to switch their votes to Garcetti in the May 21 runoff against second-place finisher Wendy Greuel.

Perry came in first in the primary election, ahead of Garcetti and Greuel, in a broad swath of precincts in South Los Angeles, an area that includes many black and Latino communities.

In the past two weeks, Garcetti, who earlier set up a campaign office in South Los Angeles to court voters there, picked up the endorsements of the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee and the New Frontier Democratic Club, a predominantly women’s group with a long history in the black community.

Greuel’s campaign website features a long list of support from black politicians, including County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. On the campaign trail, she frequently refers to her time working in the administration of the late Tom Bradley, to date L.A.’s only black mayor.

Perry’s endorsement would be the second for Garcetti from a former opponent. Emanuel Pleitez, who came in fifth in the primary, announced his backing for Garcetti earlier this month.

Third-place finisher Kevin James, who snagged more than 60,000 votes, mostly in the San Fernando Valley, met with Garcetti and Greuel two weeks ago but said he was dissatisfied with both of them.

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