Eric Garcetti stands flanked by Black clergy and community leaders who have endorsed him for mayor of Los Angeles. (Photo by Daphne Bradford)
The mayoral candidate receives multiple endorsements from influential leaders in the Black community.
On Thursday, April 11, African American religious leaders from throughout Los Angeles along with local leaders endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor at First A.M.E Church in Los Angeles. Garcetti stood surrounded by support from numerous officials one of them being, former running mate, Councilmember Jan Perry.
Black clergy leaders included Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, presiding bishop, 5th Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, senior minister, First A.M.E. Church, Rev. Kelvin Sauls, senior pastor, Holman United Methodist Church, Rev. Xavier Thompson, Southern Missionary Baptist Church and president, Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Los Angeles & Southern California and Rev. Eric P. Lee, president, Black Community, Clergy, Labor Alliance (BCCLA) among others.
“Eric Garcetti is the best choice for mayor and I strongly endorse him,” stated Kirkland. “Our community needs jobs and opportunity and when you see the revitalization he’s brought to the neighborhoods in his district like Hollywood and Echo Park, it’s clear he has what it takes to move every community forward.”
“I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor because he is a champion for the underserved,” stated Lee. “As mayor, he will put the people first and will focus on creating jobs and solving problems for L.A. residents in every community.”
Local community leaders also voiced their support for Garcetti including Councilmembers Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, former councilmember Nate Holden, former county supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, former assemblymember Mike Davis and LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte.
“He’s been supportive of schools,” said LaMotte. “Being an educator is a profession, it’s not something you just turn over night to be—he represents the profession.” She added that Garcetti is someone who sees and recognizes the people as being important, which is why she is endorsing him.
“It is my honor to support Eric Garcetti,” said Davis. “When we look at leadership in this city, we want to make sure that we have diversity of leadership, which means that different stakeholders can have input.
“We need an independent mayor who can make a decision on behalf of all Los Angelenos.”
“I’m convinced [Garcetti] will make some tough decisions,” said Burke. “I feel we have some problems in Los Angeles… we’re going to have to do what is best in order to do the kinds of things I’m interested in—keeping the parks safe and open, keeping the libraries so children can go there and study…we have to have those libraries, books, computers…I think he’ll make the tough decisions.”
“I’m endorsing Eric Garcetti because he is the most qualified, the most experienced in solving the problems in City Hall,” said Holden. “He knows what needs to be done to make it a lot better.
In addition, Garcetti is endorsed by Congresswoman Karen Bass, Council President Herb Wesson, former Councilmember Rita Walters, the New Frontier Democratic Club and the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee.