Garcetti Announces Run for Mayor

City Council President Eric Garcetti made it official: he's running for mayor.

Garcetti joins a crowded pack of candidates in the 2013 campaign race including two other city officials, City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilwoman Jan Perry as well as former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner.

"I'm running for mayor to get L.A. and our economy back on track,'' Garcetti said in a statement after filing the required papers Thursday morning.

The fourth-generation Angeleno promised "focused leadership based on experience, practical know-how, and a willingness to embrace innovation.''

Garcetti was first elected to the City Council in 2001. He represents a district that includes Hollywood, Los Feliz, Echo Park and Glassell Park.

He cannot run for his seat again because of term limits.

Austin Beutner spokesman Sean Clegg described the mayoral race as a referendum on the City Council.

"If you like City Council politics, you'll love Eric Garcetti's candidacy,'' Clegg said.

He said Beutner is the only candidate who can offer "a credible message about understanding how job creation works on the outside and how city hall works on the inside.''

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who joined the City Council at the same time as Garcetti, said his entrance means nothing for her campaign. "I'm still running, and I'll stay focused on that,'' she said.

City politics watchers had long suspected Garcetti would enter the race. Other possible candidates could include Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and billionaire mall developer Rick Caruso.

Garcetti was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He taught public policy and diplomacy at Occidental College and the University of Southern California before being elected to the City Council.

He is a jazz pianist and composer, according to a statement released by his campaign.

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