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Eric Garcetti backed by African-American women's political group

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti was endorsed by the L.A. African-American Women Political Action Committee Tuesday, just a week after he picked up support from another African-American political group.

The Thirteenth District councilman is facing L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel in the May 21 runoff. Last week he was endorsed by the New Frontier Democratic Club, which is predominantly made up of African-American women.

“Eric is a leader who will create jobs and solve problems in every L.A. community,” said Jacquelynn Hawthorne, chair of the African-American Women PAC. “We’ve seen what he’s done to revitalize neighborhoods like Hollywood and Echo Park, and we want to see that back to basics approach taken citywide when he is mayor.”

The March 5 primary saw 56 percent of African-American voters support Councilwoman Jan Perry, according to an exit poll from the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. The councilwoman has not yet decided whether to endorse in the runoff. Greuel received 24 percent of the African-American vote, while Garcetti got 14.5 percent in the primary. 

Rev. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray, Bishop Charles E. Blake and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas have endorsed Greuel, who regularly touts that she worked for former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley.

When the New Frontier Democratic Club endorsed Garcetti, its political director said many of the group's members were upset at attack ads by Greuel’s labor union allies aimed at then-mayoral candidate Jan Perry during the primary. 


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