L.A. Mayoral Race: Garcetti, Greuel Debate At USC
There are only two weeks left until Los Angeles' May 21st mayoral runoff between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, and the two are working harder than ever to garner votes before the election.
On Sunday the two candidates faced off in a debate at the University of Southern California in an attempt to highlight their eagerness to assume the coveted role as mayor. The debate was less contentious than previous ones held between the two.
Greuel was quick to display her willingness to get to work and attempted to show those in attendance the kind of tenacity she would bring to the table if elected.
"I'm fired up, ready to get ready for work, and on the other hand, I am not going to back down when there are attacks," said Greuel. "I'm going to stand up for myself. I'm a fighter and I believe in fixing City Hall and improving the quality of life in every neighborhood is something we all strive for."
Garcetti took aim at the statistics he has compiled as a city councilman in an attempt to let his track record speak for itself.
"Today, my district is No. 1 in job growth, violent crime has been cut by two-thirds, and we tripled the number of parks, building 31 new parks in the park-poorest and land-poorest district in the city," he said.
Their campaigns this past month have been noted for their scathing attacks on each other, often times citing each other's inability to run an ethical campaign. Issues of public disclosure and campaign finance have been at the top of the list.
On Sunday, however, both candidates' campaigns took a decidedly softer turn, as they agreed on many of the issues put before them. Furthermore, when asked if they believed the other to be a dishonest person, both Garcetti and Greuel responded in the negative.
The election of either candidate will be a historical one for the city of Los Angeles. Garcetti would become the first Jewish person to be elected as mayor if chosen, while Greuel would become the first female mayor of the city.
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