Los Angeles mayoral candidate Representative Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, announced Thursday, September 30, 30 endorsements from current and former elected officials in Southern California, including eight U.S. Congress members, four LA City Council members and two LA County members. Supervisors are included. .
Supporting local government includes Los Angeles councilors Mike Bonin, Marquis Harris-Dawson, Curran Price and Mark Ridley-Thomas, as well as LA County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Holly Mitchell.
Bonin and Ridley-Thomas announced their support for Bass on Monday, within hours of their announcement, Bonin tweeted: “Karen Bass is the kind of leader Los Angeles needs. Vision. Mind. Heart. Skill. Conscience. Integrity. Hope. Karen Bass for Meyer.”
Ridley-Thomas said on Twitter, “Let’s go! All in all!! Proud of you!!!”
Bass also received approval from the US Representative. Pete Aguilar, Judy Chu, Mike Levine, Ted Liu, Alan Lowenthal, Katie Porter, Lucille Royble-Allard and Juan Vargas.
Other approvals include
— California Sen. Steve Bradford;
– California Sen. Sydney Kamalagar;
— Member of Assembly Isaac Bryan;
– Assembly Lady Sharad Burke;
– Member of the Assembly Mike Gipson;
— Member of the Assembly Chris Holden;
– Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer;
— Compton Mayor Emma Sharif;
– Carson Mayer Lula Davis-Holmes;
–Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin;
– Long Beach City Councilman Rex Richardson;
– Inglewood City Councilwoman Dion Faulk;
– West Hollywood Mayor Lindsay Horvath;
– John Erickson, a member of the West Hollywood City Council;
– Retired US Representative Diane Watson;
— John Perez, retired Speaker Emeritus of the California Legislature;
— Bonnie Lowenthal, retired lady of the California State Legislature; And
–Retired LA County Supervisor Yvonne Braithwaite Burke.
“I am honored to earn the support of these respected leaders throughout Southern California at such a critical time for my city. Their vocal and legislative advocacy on behalf of their constituents is a hallmark of strong leadership,” Bass said Thursday. in a statement. As we overcome this pandemic, I thank you again for your support.”
Bass announced Monday to join a field of high-profile officials seeking to succeed Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been barred from running for re-election because of term limits.
On her campaign website, Bass outlined her vision for the city, saying she would focus on homelessness, calling it a “public health and humanitarian crisis”.
Bass’s website focuses heavily on the issue of homelessness, emphasizing the need to address the “root causes” of the crisis, including affordable housing, health care, job training, mental health services, and drug and alcohol counseling. .
His focus on homelessness echoes that of the rest of the high-profile candidates for the 2022 mayoral election, including City Councilmen Joe Buscano and Kevin De Leon, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Central City Association of Los Angeles President and CEO Jessica Lal and businessman Mel. Wilson included.
Garcetti, who is expected to leave office pending US Senate confirmation of his appointment as India’s ambassador, told an unrelated news conference on Monday:
“I love Karen Bass and it’s going to be a very exciting race with all kinds of candidates, and the nice thing about being a former mayor is that I get to assess candidates and I get to be a voter. , so I can’t wait to hear what all the candidates have to say.”
Bass would be the first female mayor of Los Angeles and only the second black mayor after Mayor Tom Bradley, who led the city from 1973 to 1993.
Bass, 67, represents the 37th Congressional District, which includes Los Angeles neighborhoods west and southwest of downtown, including Cranshaw, Baldwin Hills, Miracle Mile, Pico-Robertson, Century City, Cheviot Hills, West Los Angeles, Mar Vista and parts. Are included. Westwood, as well as Culver City and Inglewood.
Bas was a member of the Legislative Assembly from 2004–10, serving as its Speaker from 2008–10.
The primary for the 2022 Los Angeles mayoral election will take place on June 7, with the top two finishers running for election on November 8.