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Emily's List backs Wendy Greuel for mayor of Los Angeles

Wendy Greuel accepts Emily's List's endorsement on the First Street steps of City Hall.
Wendy Greuel accepts Emily's List's endorsement on the First Street steps of City Hall.
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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013

The campaign of Wendy Greuel, who could become the city of Los Angeles’ first female mayor, was endorsed Friday by Emily’s List — a national advocacy group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women.

Speaking on the First Street steps of City Hall, Greuel accepted the endorsement by announcing that she would create a Council on Women and Girls within the Mayor’s Office. The council would have at least one paid staffer, Greuel said.

“At a time when there could be no women on our city council, we need to make sure that women have a voice in making the decisions that define Los Angeles,” Greuel said.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who finished fourth in last week's mayoral election, is the only woman on the Los Angeles City Council. When she leaves office in July, it's possible that the city council could be all-male. One woman, Ana Cubas, is in the May runoff for the Ninth District seat. Two women are the leading candidates for an open seat in the Sixth District, but that race could possibly not be settled until July.

Emily's List president, Stephanie Schriock, was coy on whether the group would fund an independent expenditure in Greuel’s favor. She would only  its support will be visible in the weeks to come.

“Wendy has a proven track record from defending funding for essential services at Planned Parenthood to standing up for the Violence Against Women Act. Wendy has been the voice for women and has stood up for women and girls across the city over and over again,” Schriock said.

In January, the California chapter of the National Organization for Women backed Greuel's runoff opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, for mayor. At the time, the chapter’s president said, “We asked which candidate has the vision needed to move Los Angeles forward and who would be most willing to create a more equal playing field for the city’s almost 2 million women and girls. The answer to that question – without hesitation – was Eric Garcetti."

The primary will be on May 21.