Los Angeles will soon have its first Jewish mayor — or one who is married to a Jew. But the two run-off candidates are focusing more on economics than ethnic politics.
Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel looked set for a run-off vote after a Tuesday primary election, in a race that has seen the two Democrats vow to slash business taxes to help the city rebound from a persistent economic slump.
Los Angeles voters head to the polls on Tuesday in a primary election to choose a new mayor, with the top candidates trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the economy.
For the first time in recent memory, there are no Jews among the mayoral contenders in New York. But in Los Angeles, three top candidates all have Jewish family ties.
Zev Yaroslavsky, the Los Angeles County Supervisor and longtime Southern California political force, has announced he will not enter the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles.
Wendy Greuel is the only one of four Los Angeles mayoral candidates who isn’t Jewish. That didn’t stop her from showing up at four synagogues during the High Holy Days.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry wants to be the city’s first female mayor. She would also be the first Jew, having converted to Judaism 30 years ago.