The two leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles released dueling endorsements Friday, each highlighting support from prominent Latino politicians.
Ed Reyes endorsed his L.A. City Council colleague Eric Garcetti. They have served together since 2001.
Reyes issued a statement that said: “For more than a decade, Council member Eric Garcetti has been a strong and independent voice for the people of Los Angeles. He marshaled this city through our most challenging economic times while preserving jobs and saving taxpayers millions of dollars. His experience and strong leadership are what Los Angeles needs.”
After that announcement, City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel countered with a statement of endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
“Wendy Greuel will focus on creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion and strengthening our public schools,” Molina said.
Molina — the first Latina elected to the state Assembly, Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors — said she wants Angelenos to make history by making Greuel the first woman mayor of L.A. (That would also apply to another candidate, City Councilwoman Jan Perry.)
Reyes is the first current council member to endorse Garcetti. Greuel has been endorsed by members José Huizar, Tony Cardenas and Bill Rosendahl.
Both Garcetti and Greuel have previously announced support from leading Latino elected officials. Friday's endorsements are the campaigns’ latest effort to reach out to Latino voters. Their turnout could be the key to victory in the March 5th primary.
The primary is set for March 5.