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.