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Top LA mayoral candidates Garcetti, Greuel work the rooms at the Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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A front view of the podium and stage before the start of day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC will run through Sept. 7, nominating President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Democratic delegates are in Charlotte for the Democratic National Conention this week to try to help re-electing Barack Obama in November. But there’s another election on the horizon for Angelenos: the 2013 race for Los Angeles mayor. Two of the top candidates for the job are in Charlotte, with one eye on the White House, the other on City Hall.

Former L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti has a busy week at the DNC, speaking on a number of panels and addressing some of the caucuses, including the Hispanic Caucus, doing a panel on technlology in urban centers. He is also the vice chair of the rules committee.

Garcetti is also chair of the Democratic Municipal Officials — what he describes as the “farm team” for future Democratic leaders. He’d like to be mayor of Los Angeles.  

So would L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel, who also came to the convention. She said it's a good place "to be able to see everyone and talk to them about the issues."

Both Greuel and Garcetti were quick to say they’re focused on the presidential race, working to return Barack Obama to the White House.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Garcetti was still L.A. City Council president; he's a former president of the Council.

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