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Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel talks to reporters after casting her ballot in the Los Angeles mayoral primary on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles.
While most any citizen can become a candidate, it's a challenge to recruit supporters and raise the money to run a winning campaign. But help is available to get a leg up on the political ladder.
Emily's List — the progressive Democratic political action committee that supports women candidates — recently brought potential office-seekers to a training program at a downtown L.A. hotel.
This story is part of KPCC's "Project Citizen" series, which looks at the responsibilities, traditions, and privileges that come with citizenship.