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8 Vie for Los Angeles Mayor in Upcoming City Primary

The eight candidates are competing for a seat to be left vacant by termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Mar 4, 2013  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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Candidates for Los Angeles mayor were up early Monday, one day before the primary nominating election. Toni Guinyard reports from downtown Los Angeles in a report broadcast Monday March 3, 2013 on Today in LA.

Candidates for Los Angeles mayor were up early Monday, one day before the primary nominating election. Toni Guinyard reports from downtown Los Angeles in a report broadcast Monday March 3, 2013 on Today in LA.

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Eight candidates are vying for mayor of Los Angeles in the city's primary nominating election to be held on Tuesday.

In order for a candidate to win the seat outright in the primary, the candidate must earn 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two candidates from March 5 face off in a General Municipal Election on May 21.

Below are bios of the candidates, in alphabetical order:

Yehuda "YJ" Draiman

  • Job Title: Neighborhood council secretary
  • Age: 63
  • Background: Energy consultant; Active on the Northridge East Neighborhood Council; He lives with his wife, Miriam, in Northridge. They have two adult sons.
  • Website: www.yjdraimanformayor.org

Eric Garcetti

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilman
  • Age: 42
  • Education: Bachelor of arts and master's of arts from Columbia University
  • Background: Grew up in the San Fernando Valley; Lives in Silver Lake with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
  • Website: www.ericgarcetti.com

Wendy J. Greuel

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Controller
  • Age: 51
  • Education: UCLA
  • Personal: She lives in Studio City with her husband, Dean, and their son.
  • Website: www.wendygreuel.org

Kevin James

  • Job Title: Radio broadcaster/attorney
  • Age: 50
  • Education: Undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma; doctorate of law from the University of Houston Law Center.
  • Personal: Lives in Los Angeles
  • Website: www.kevinjamesformayor.com

Addie M. Miller

  • Job Title: Citywide advocate
  • Age: 63
  • Background: Ran for LA mayor in 2005
  • Website: www.addiemiller.us

Jan Perry

  • Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilwoman
  • Age: 58
  • Education: Master's degree in public administration
  • Personal: She lives in Bunker Hill.
  • Website: www.janperry.com

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez

  • Job Title: Technology company executive
  • Age: 30
  • Endorsements include:
  • Background: former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; chief strategy officer of Spokeo; He and his wife, Rebecca, live in El Sereno
  • Website: http://www.pleitezforla.com/

Norton Sandler

  • Job Title: Factory production worker
  • Age: 67
  • Background: Member of the Socialist Worker Party
  • Website: None; he can be contacted by email: nortonsandler@att.net.

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