LOCAL BRIEFS: Garcetti Wins L.A. Mayor’s Race, Weiner to Run In NYC
Matt | On 22, May 2013
Changes in leadership are coming to the nation’s two largest cities.
In Los Angeles, three-term City Councilman Eric Garcetti, 42, won the race to be the city’s next mayor. He beat Wendy Greuel by a 54-46 percent margin. He will succeed Anthony Antonio Villaraigosa in the position and become the first Jewish person to do so. Garcetti will be sworn into office on July 1.
The weird thing about the L.A. race was the low voter turnout. I mean, this is Los Angeles for crying out loud. Even though it was a runoff election, why did only 345,000 people vote in it? That’s only 19 percent of the electorate. Would it have killed people to go back to the polls and make a final decision since neither candidate got 50 percent of the vote the first time? *side-eye*
Meanwhile in the Big Apple, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, has officially launched his mayoral bid. You may remember Weiner’s weiner from his 2011 sexting scandal that caused him to step down from office. Rumors has been brewing since he left Congress that he may try to regroup and seek a mayoral bid. Well, that vision came true on Wednesday.
Polling shows, however, that New Yorkers aren’t that ecstatic about his bid to run their city. I can so see that being the case.