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Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses John Duran for Board of Supervisors

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From the You-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours file:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed John Duran for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, a year after the West Hollywood city councilman supported Garcetti in his campaign for mayor. 

From the Too-little-too-late file?: The endorsement comes less than a week before the election to replace termed out Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, which might make it difficult for Duran to exploit in campaign materials.

A spokesman for the mayor declined to comment on the timing of the endorsement. The primary is next Tuesday, and early voting began May 5. 

Garcetti's statement: “John Duran is an innovative and thoughtful problem solver with a proven record of delivering results for local neighborhoods. John isn’t afraid to make the tough choices, and as our next Supervisor, we can count on him to be a watchdog over county government by ensuring we are getting the most from our tax dollars.  I’m proud to endorse John Duran for Supervisor and I look forward to working closely with him to continue to move Los Angeles forward.” 

The high-profile endorsement comes as Duran faces an uphill battle for the seat, which covers the San Fernando Valley and L.A.'s Westside. The district is home to about two million residents. Two other candidates, Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, are better funded and have more name recognition. A former mayor of Malibu, Pamela Conley Ulich, is also running for the seat. 

Duran was previously endorsed by the Los Angeles Times. He has served the city of West Hollywood since 2001.

The final debate for the supervisor candidates is scheduled for tonight at the Stephen Wise Temple in West L.A.



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