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May 22, 2013 10:10 am

Los Angeles Elects its First Jewish Mayor

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Eric Garcetti, the first elected Jewish mayor in Los Angeles history. Photo: Neon Tommy/Wikimedia Commons.

Eric Garcetti will be the first elected Jewish mayor in the history of Los Angeles after winning 54 percent of the vote in a race decided early Wednesday morning.

Garcetti, a 42-year-old Democratic city councilman whose mother is of Russian Jewish descent and whose father is Mexican American, defeated city controller Wendy Greuel.

National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) Chair Marc R. Stanley said in a statement that NJDC is “extraordinarily proud that Garcetti is the first Jewish American elected to serve as the mayor of America’s second largest city.”

“Garcetti has a distinguished record of public service along with strong ties to the city. We wish him and his family a hearty mazal tov,” Stanley said.

The eclectic Garcetti has acted on television shows including All My Children and The Closer, in addition to being a Rhodes Scholar and serving for eight years in military intelligence for U.S. Navy Reserves.

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