Los Angeles Mayor’s Race; Bass, Caruso in a dead heat

Reps. Karen Bass and Rick Caruso are hot on the heels of their bids to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.

With 12% of units reporting, Angelenos are split on who they want to lead the city following the departure of incumbent Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has resigned and is awaiting appointment as United States ambassador to India.

If elected, Bass would become the first female mayor of Los Angeles and the second black person to hold the position.

Bass hopes to replace her seat as the representative of the 37th congressional district and become LA’s main political leader.

During a speech to a crowd of supporters, Bass described her vision for the city and her pride in the campaign she has led.

“We wanted to run a campaign where we would bring people on this journey, where we would have hundreds of volunteers, because we wanted to do more than build a campaign, we wanted to build a movement, a movement of people who are committed to our city, a movement where everyone has skin in the game, a movement where people wanted to see a new vision of Los Angeles,” Bass said.

Caruso poured millions of his own money into the race, picking up a number of celebrities, including Katy Perry, Chris Pratt, Snoop Dogg and kim kardashian.

Caruso is a real estate developer that owns The Grove and Americana at Brand shopping centers.

He addressed fans on Tuesday night and was optimistic about his chances heading into the night and talked about what he had learned during the race.

“The wonderful thing that I never knew as a candidate, when you run for mayor, is that you develop a larger family together with people that you would never meet in the communities, because we all came together for a cause. And that’s a very exciting thing,” he said. Caruso.

Both Bass and Caruso said their priority is fighting the housing crisis and finding solutions for thousands of unsheltered individuals in the city.

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