When Wendy Greuel took to the stage Tuesday evening at downtown's Exchange club, she and Eric Garcetti were virtually tied in the mayor's race. By early Wednesday morning, it became clear that Garcetti would be mayor-elect. Greuel phoned Garcetti in the middle of the night and then later gave a concession speech at her campaign headquarters in the San Fernando Valley.
The unofficial returns posted by the City Clerk show Garcetti beat Greuel 54 percent to 46 percent.
"Congratulations, Mayor-Elect Garcetti. I sincerely wish you the very best, both on a personal level, and — because your success is critical to the success of Los Angeles – for your family, and mine, and for each and every resident of the greatest city in the world," Greuel said.
Had she been elected, Greuel would have become the city's first female mayor. When Tuesday's winners are sworn in on July 1, the mayor, controller, city attorney and every member of the Los Angeles City Council will be a man. (Until the District 6 runoff later in July, which matches two women.)
"I may not have been able to break through the glass ceiling last night, but you sure helped me put a crack in it," said Greuel, "and because of your work, the next woman candidate in my shoes will crash right through it."