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Three high-profile Angelenos back Wendy Greuel for mayor

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Controller Wendy Greuel is a leading candidate to be the next mayor of Los Angeles and on Wednesday she announced the endorsements of three prominent Angelenos, which she hopes will show her support in three key communities.

Supporters of the controller's mayoral bid include former assembly speaker Bob Hertzberg, labor icon Dolores Huerta and John Mack, the former president of the Los Angeles Urban League and a member of the Police Commission.

The Greuel camp is hoping the endorsements reflect support in the San Fernando Valley, African-American and labor communities.

"Wendy Greuel’s authenticity, her passion and drive for excellence in city government, coupled with her proven ability to deliver tangible results for the residents of LA are why I’m pleased to give her my enthusiastic endorsement," Hertzberg said in a press release from the campaign.

Hertzberg represented parts of the San Fernando Valley while in the state Assembly, and then later ran for mayor in 2005. After he lost in the primary, he led Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s transition team.

Greuel is seen as a frontrunner in the race, with $2.2 million in campaign funds. She and Councilman Eric Garcetti are tied in the money race. Councilwoman Jan Perry has raised $1.1 million, and former talk radio host Kevin James has $222,000 in campaign funds.

The primary will be held in March of next year. 

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