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Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

 File-This file combo shows a Feb. 20, 2013 file photo of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaking to media in Los Angeles, left, and unda...
 Candidate Wendy Greuel waves to supporters after casting her ballot in the Los Angeles mayoral race Tuesday May 21, 2013, in Los Angeles. A scant tur...

LA Mayor

File-This file combo shows a Feb. 20, 2013 file photo of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti speaking to media in Los Angeles, left, and unda...

LA Mayor

Candidate Wendy Greuel waves to supporters after casting her ballot in the Los Angeles mayoral race Tuesday May 21, 2013, in Los Angeles. A scant tur...

City Councilman Eric Garcetti has been elected the next mayor of Los Angeles, and will become the city's first Jewish leader when he takes office.
With all precincts reporting Wednesday, the city councilman grabbed 54 percent of the votes against his fellow Democrat, City Controller Wendy Greuel, who had 46 percent.
Garcetti sent out a tweet thanking voters and saying he's honored to lead the city.
Garcetti, 42, promised voters to increase jobs and patch up the city's battered streets and sidewalks. He won after a hard-fought campaign in which he depicted his rival a pawn of powerful labor bosses.
He will not only be the city's first elected Jewish mayor, but also the second consecutive Latino. Garcetti shares a Hispanic heritage with exiting mayor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa _ he has both Mexican and Italian roots from his father _ but he has a far different resume than Villaraigosa, the product of a broken home from the tough streets east of downtown.
Garcetti is the son of a former district attorney who grew up in the San Fernando Valley's tony Encino enclave, attended Columbia University and enjoys playing jazz piano.
In a statement, Villaraigosa said Garcetti would "guide our city into its bright future. I know I am leaving Los Angeles in good hands."
Despite record spending, turnout at polls appeared sluggish after a campaign that centered on the city's ailing economy and the influence of municipal unions. Only 1 of 4 voters in the second-most populous U.S. city was projected to cast a ballot, possibly a historic low in a city known to shrug at local politics.
Garcetti takes over on July 1.
A steady stream of negative advertising from the campaigns and outside groups has helped obscure the candidates' promises about free-flowing traffic, new jobs and better schools in coming years.
Greuel and Garcetti emerged from a March primary in which no candidate secured the majority needed to win outright, leading to Tuesday's runoff. Only about 2 in 10 voters went to the polls in that race.
The mayoral contest has seen record spending _ over $30 million overall.
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Associated Press writers Michael R. Blood and Andrew Dalton and AP video journalist Raquel Maria Dillon contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-03-04 09:14 GMT+08:00