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Councilman Bernard Parks backs Eric Garcetti for LA mayor

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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013

The former chair of the L.A. City Council's Budget and Finance Committee endorsed Eric Garcetti's mayoral campaign Friday, saying his colleague has what it takes to make tough decisions on the budget. 

Councilman Bernard Parks, who also served with Wendy Greuel, made the announcement outside of Garcetti's South L.A. headquarters. 

"I’ve worked with both candidates up close and know first-hand that Eric Garcetti is the best choice for mayor. Eric has a demonstrated record creating jobs and solving problems for his constituents and has the independence necessary to balance our budget," Parks said.

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The two men were joined by another council colleague, Jan Perry, who endorsed Garcetti yesterday. 

As past chair of the budget committee, Parks frequently clashed with many of the city unions that are now supporting Greuel. In Parks' 2008 race for the Board of Supervisors, the county Federation of Labor supported his opponent, Mark Ridley-Thomas, to the tune of $8.5 million. Both the County Fed and Ridley-Thomas are supporting Greuel in the mayor's race. 

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