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Garcetti Wins Los Angeles Mayor's Race

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City Councilman Eric Garcetti has won election to be the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles, becoming the first elected Jewish mayor in the city's history.

The Lost Angeles Times newspaper reported his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, conceded defeat early Wednesday.

Garcetti, will succeed Antonio Villaraigosa, who was unable to run again because of term limits.

The 42-year-old Garcetti is to take office July 1 and will also be the youngest Los Angeles mayor in more than a century.

His mother is of Russian Jewish descent. His father is Mexican American of Spanish and Italian descent. During the campaign, the mayor-elect described himself as having "an Italian last name" and being "half Mexican and half Jewish."



Garcetti will be the first Jewish elected mayor, but not the first to hold the job. Bernard Cohn was mayor briefly in 1878, after being appointed to fill a vacancy.

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