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AirTalk Debate: Who will be L.A.’s next mayor?

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Larry Mantle moderates a debate between mayoral canidates (from right) Emanuel Pleitez, Jan Perry, Kevin James, Wendy Grueul and Eric Garcetti at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum on February 5, 2013. Grant Slater/KPCC

This year, Los Angeles will elect a new mayor for the first time since 2005.  It will be hard to match outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's flair for the dramatic, or his apparently boundless energy – for the past eight years, he’s seemingly been in every corner of the city at once.  But as the last weeks of the run-off campaign unwind, the candidates are doing their best to get their messages out. Here's a chance to hear them address the issues that L.A. faces over the next four years.

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It's a long list. Start with the city budget, transportation, crime and safety – add in public health, education, energy and the environment. Not to mention potholes, lighted billboards, runaway production and our future NFL team. What issues are most important to you? What should L.A.’s next mayor put at the top of his or her to-do list?

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Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 13
Wendy Greuel,
Los Angeles City Controller
Kevin James,
 attorney and radio host
Jan Perry,
Los Angeles City Councilmember, District 9
Emanuel Pleitez,
former technology company executive

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