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DA Steve Cooley to back Kevin James for mayor of Los Angeles

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District Attorney Steve Cooley will endorse Kevin James for mayor tomorrow at a City Hall news conference.

District Attorney Steve Cooley will endorse attorney Kevin James for mayor of Los Angeles Friday at a City Hall news conference, the campaign announced today.

When James first announced his candidacy in the spring of 2011, Cooley made a cameo appearance but declined to make an official endorsement at the time. This is easily James’ biggest endorsement to date. 

The James campaign has raised $222,000, according to the latest fundraising report filed with the Ethics Commission. (The next fundraising reporting window closes Sunday.) That’s in contrast to the other mayoral candidates, Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti, whose campaigns have each raised $2.2 million. Councilwoman Jan Perry has $1.1 million in the bank for her campaign.

Though the mayoral race is non-partisan, James and Cooley are fellow Republicans.

Pror to running for office, James hosted a show on KRLA AM 870. He is also of counsel at Lavely & Singer, which is home to infamous attorney-to-the-stars Marty Singer. 

The mayoral primary is set for March of next year. 

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