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Real estate agent and former Metro board member Mel Wilson announced his candidacy Thursday for mayor of Los Angeles.
“I’m a servant leader, I’m willing to put my hand in it and get them dirty to get my job done,” says Wilson in the campaign video. “The Los Angeles I grew up in no longer exists. I can change that. I believe I can bring people together – people from the private and public sectors, nonprofits and faith communities – to work together to improve Los Angeles. “
Wilson, who will become the second black mayor of Los Angeles after Mayor Tom Bradley, launched his campaign at Pacoima Mall, located next to Food 4 Less, to highlight his work in creating a center on Van Nuys Boulevard 35 years ago and addressing the neighborhood’s need in grocery stores, calling the area a former “food desert.”
Like other elected LA officials and mayoral candidates, Wilson said at the launch of his campaign that his priorities are relocating homeless residents to housing, helping small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and developing “smart transportation and affordable residential corridors “. Wilson also wants to eliminate the city’s gross business tax, according to his website.
The UCLA Northridge graduate moved to the San Fernando Valley from Alabama when he was 10 years old, and years later was an active participant in the Valley independence movement from the city of Los Angeles. The application for secession was presented to voters in the November 5, 2002 elections and failed.
Along with serving on the Los Angeles County Transportation Board of Directors from 1993-97 and 2010-13 – he was appointed by former Los Angeles mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Richard Riordan – Wilson served four years on the Los Angeles Fire Commission. He also served on the Business Tax Advisory Commission and the Small Business Advisory Commission, and was President of the United Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley.
Wilson joins several already announced mayoral candidates on November 8, 2022. Two of the best known contenders at the moment are Councilman Joe Buscaino and City Attorney Mike Foyer.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is unable to seek re-election due to time constraints, will leave office before the end of the year if the US Senate approves him as ambassador to India. It was nominated by President Joe Biden. The confirmation process can take several weeks.
The city charter appoints the president of the city council, currently Nuri Martinez, as acting mayor when the mayor is out of state. If Garcetti’s appointment is confirmed, Martinez will become acting mayor pending the appointment of an interim mayor by the council or prior to an early election.
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