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

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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