Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

By JTA
May 22, 2013 16:43

LOS ANGELES – Eric Garcetti was elected the  first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles, one of  a number of political contests that reflect the city’s diversity, and its Jewish community.

Garcetti, 42, a veteran city councilman, led city controller Wendy Greuel by six points around 3 a.m. Wednesday, with nearly 100 percent of the ballots counted. Greuel conceded about an hour earlier.

“Thank you Los Angeles–the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let’s make this a great city again,” Garcetti tweeted when his victory became apparent.

Garcetti is the son of a Jewish mother and was raised as a Jew. On his father’s side, he is of mixed Italian and Mexican heritage.


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