Wendy Greuel hopes committee helps her become LA's first female mayor

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s former chief of staff is among the more than 100 women joining an advisory committee to support Controller Wendy Greuel’s bid to be Los Angeles first female mayor.

The “Women with Wendy” committee includes Robin Kramer, who served as the mayor’s top aide from 2005 to 2009. Also on the committee is the campaign's senior adviser Rose Kapolczynski. The group will advise the controller on women’s issues, according to the campaign.

“These women are engaged and motivated to help my campaign expand its already extensive network of women supporters. I am truly honored to have the support of the members of the 'Women for Wendy' committee. With their help, we’ll get one step closer to breaking that glass ceiling and electing our city’s first woman mayor,” Greuel said in a statement.

The controller is not the only woman in the 2013 race for mayor. Councilwoman Jan Perry has also thrown her hat into the ring.

"Councilwoman Jan Perry has already broken the glass ceiling by having a record of accomplishment on women's issues, which is unmatched by anyone in this race," her campaign consultant Eric Hacopian told KPCC.

"Jan worked with Planned Parenthood to build a brand new facility in South Los Angeles and opened the Downtown Women's Center, a facility designed to meet the specific needs of homeless women in a safe environment," Hacopian said, adding that Perry has been endorsed by Rep. Maxine Waters, former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and former Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.

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