Councilman Bernard Parks and Congresswoman Maxine Waters joined Councilwoman Jan Perry during the official launch of her mayoral campaign on Saturday, January 12.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters with Councilwoman Jan Perry
Supporters show their enthusiasm during the official launch of the Jan Perry for Mayor Campaign.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Councilman Bernard Parks, and business owner and former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter were among those who joined Perry during first official campaign rally.
Among a boisterous and diverse crowd of more than 300 supporters, business owners, civic leaders and elected officials, Councilwoman Jan Perry officially launched her mayoral campaign on Saturday, January 12. The first rally took place at her campaign headquarters located near USC with direct access to the Expo Line, a public transit project developed under Perry’s leadership as councilwoman.
Councilman Bernard Parks, business owner and former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and former Los Angeles Police Department Captain Mark Olvera spoke during the program, further energizing the crowd in support of Perry’s mayoral candidacy.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters also attended the event to lend her support to Perry.
“I have had the privilege of working closely with Jan and can tell you that this woman is honest, hardworking and will never, ever abandon you,” Parks said while addressing the crowd. He continued, “her record speaks for itself, but you also need to know that as mayor she will listen to you and will continue to work to bring communities together as she has done for the last 12 years in her district.”
The atmosphere was festive and amiable, with live entertainment provided by a band comprised of teenagers from “A Place Called Home,” a youth enrichment center in South Los Angeles for underserved and at-risk youth. During the four-hour event, attendees also had an opportunity to speak with Perry personally and meet other supporters working to elect her as the new mayor of Los Angeles.
“I was proud and touched to have seen the outpouring of support from the community, it was a joyous occasion and a true representation of the diversity of our great city,” Perry commented. “As the next mayor of Los Angeles, I will work hard to put Los Angeles back to work, not only by speaking the hard truths when necessary but by listening to all communities and their specific needs.”
Perry has represented the Ninth Council District at the City of Los Angeles since 2001. During her tenure, Perry worked to revitalize Downtown Los Angeles, leading to the private investment of over $15 billion and the creation of more than 90,000 new jobs making it the economic and cultural epicenter of the region. Perry secured $70 million for park and recreation facility improvements and worked with non-profit affordable housing developers to create over 4,000 units of affordable and supportive housing for families, seniors and the homeless. She also worked with community stakeholders to achieve economic and environmental justice by making progressive land use decisions, replacing industrial uses in single family neighborhoods with family housing and open space, establishing new grocery stores and restoring and re-purposing historic assets like the Dunbar Hotel and Paul Williams 28th Street YMCA in South Los Angeles.