Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

Eric Garcetti beat out Wendy Greuel, who would have been the first female mayor of the city

Topics: Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, 2013 Elections, mayoral race,

Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayorEric Garcetti (Credit: Facebook/ericgarcetti)

After a tough race, Democratic City Councilman Eric Garcetti beat out Democratic city controller Wendy Greuel to become the first Jewish mayor of Los Angeles, by a margin of  54-46 percent.

“Los Angeles is ready to put the recession in the rearview mirror and become the city of opportunity that I grew up in once again,” he said Tuesday night, the New York Times reports. “It’s time for Los Angeles not just to be a big city, but a great city once again. Whether you’re down and out, or whether you’re at the top, we all believe one thing, that L.A. is worth fighting for.”

In a tweet early Wednesday morning, Garcetti said:

Had she won, Greuel would have been the first female mayor of the city.

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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