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Garcetti Finishes First in LA County Democratic Party Vote

PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC ACTIVISTS GIVE GARCETTI THE EDGE

Eric Garcetti received the most votes in the Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorsement election on Tuesday night.

On the first ballot, Garcetti led with 84 votes (44%).  Wendy Greuel received 76 votes (40%).  Jan Perry received 15 votes (8%).  On the second ballot, Garcetti again led with 83 votes (46%).  Greuel received 75 votes (42%).

Because no candidate received 60% of the votes cast, the Party will not endorse a candidate in the mayoral primary election held on March 5, 2013.

"I'm honored to receive the most votes from LA County Democratic Party delegates," said Garcetti.  "As a lifelong Democratic activist, I'm running as the progressive candidate and I'm proud that LA's Democratic activists are supporting my campaign.  With this grassroots support, I know we can transform City Hall into a place focused on problem solving, customer service and economic growth."

Including last night's result, Garcetti has been endorsed by every Democratic organization that has voted to endorse in the race.

Garcetti has won the endorsement of the powerful Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, which represents hundreds of thousands of Democrats as the umbrella organization for 27 Democratic clubs. He has also earned the endorsements of the North Valley Democratic Club and the Latino Democratic Club of the San Fernando Valley.

Garcetti has won a broad spectrum of organizational endorsements, including from the California National Organization of Women (NOW); League of Conservation Voters; the Mexican American Bar Association; the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles - PAC; Teamsters Joint Council 42; the Communications Workers of America, Southern California Council; and the Engineers and Architects Association. His individual endorsers include Councilmember Ed Reyes; former Congressmember Mel Levine; former Councilmember and Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg; Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (ret.); former DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean and CA Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.).

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