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Wesson, Holden, Walters Endorse Garcetti

For Immediate Release
April 6, 2013

Trio Joins Parks, Perry & Davis in South L.A. to Fire-Up Garcetti Volunteers

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES -- Eric Garcetti was endorsed by Council President Herb Wesson and former South L.A. Councilmembers Nate Holden and Rita Walters today, who joined with Councilmember and Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry, Councilmember Bernard Parks and former Assemblyman Mike Davis in Leimert Park to fire up Garcetti volunteers headed out to knock on doors and phonebank.

"This city is facing serious challenges and we need a serious leader to help move this city in the right direction. He's been an effective leader; you want a mayor who can bring people together," Wesson said. "Pension reformed passed and he's taken a lot of hits for that, but that's courage. That's what you want to see in our next mayor."

"I support Eric Garcetti for Mayor because he'll make the right decisions. If we get Eric Garcetti elected, he'll be fair to all of us. He can represent a diverse city better than anyone I know. He will solve the problems we have at City Hall," Holden said.

"It's important that we work together to make sure Eric Garcetti is elected Mayor. We've got to do it and we will do it," Walters said.

“I’ve worked with both candidates and know first-hand that Eric Garcetti is the best choice for Mayor. Eric has a demonstrated record creating jobs and solving problems for his constituents and has the independence necessary to balance our budget,” Parks said. “Eric will be a Mayor who will create opportunity for my constituents and in every L.A. community. You can see the difference he can make in neighborhoods like Hollywood. I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for Mayor.”

"I am proud to endorse Eric Garcetti for Mayor," Perry said. "I spent the last two years seeing the candidates up close. It's clear that the best choice for mayor is Eric Garcetti. Eric has the independence we need to balance the budget. Eric will bring opportunity to South L.A. and across Los Angeles just like he has in neighborhoods like Hollywood and Echo Park, which have been dramatically revitalized through his leadership."

"I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for Mayor. Eric is the best choice for South L.A. and all of Los Angeles," Davis said. "Eric is a Mayor who will make a difference in every L.A. community by creating jobs and focusing on basic services that keep our streets clean and safe."

The Hon. Nate Holden represented the 10th Council District from 1987 to 2002. The Hon. Rita Walters represented the 9th Council District from 1991 to 2001.

Garcetti has also been endorsed by the New Frontier Democratic Club, the preeminent African American Democratic organization in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee. He has been endorsed by each of the three runoff candidates in the Mayor's race -- Jan Perry, Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez.

Garcetti is also endorsed by the Los Angeles Times; La Opinión; Eastern Group Publications (including the Northeast Sun, Mexican American Sun, East LA Brooklyn Belvedere Comet and Wyvernwood Comet); Random Lengths and the UCLA Daily Bruin.

Garcetti has also been recently endorsed by: Councilmember Tom LaBonge; Assemblymember Ed Chau; Steve Soboroff; Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Councilmember Paul Krekorian; Councilmember Paul Koretz; Councilmember-Elect Mike Bonin; and Senator and CA Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (ret.).

His other endorsements include: Assemblymember Rob Bonta; Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez; Assemblymember Isadore Hall; former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez; Sen. Kevin De León; Sen. Ricardo Lara; Councilmember Richard Alarcon; Councilmember Ed Reyes; former Councilmember and Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg; former Congressmember Mel Levine; Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (ret.); Newark Mayor Cory Booker; CA Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno (ret.); former DNC Chair Gov. Howard Dean; the Sierra Club; the California National Organization for Women; the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; the California League of Conservation Voters; the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters; the Mexican American Bar Association; the Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region; the Latino Coalition of Los Angeles - PAC; United Teachers Los Angeles; the Laborers’ Local 300; the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association; the Peace Officers Research Association of California; Teamsters Joint Council 42; International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13, Local 65 (Los Angeles Port Police Association) and Local 94; the Communications Workers of America, Southern California Council; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770; Ironworkers Local 433; Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 416; the Engineers and Architects Association; the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley; the Stonewall Democratic Club; the Stonewall Young Democrats; the San Pedro Democratic Club; the Pacific Palisades Democratic Club; the Miracle Mile Democratic Club; the Northeast Democratic Club; the Southern California Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action; the North Valley Democratic Club; the Latino Democrats of the San Fernando Valley; the Latino Democrats of Los Angeles County; the Los Angeles County Young Democrats; Valley Grassroots for Democracy; the Progressive Democratic Club; the Democratic Advocates for Disability Issues; the Democrats of the Claremont Colleges; and the Bangladeshi Democratic Party of California.

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