U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) has kicked off her campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, making her the third member of Congress to announce a run for the job.
Bass joins former councilman Eric Garcetti and City Councilwoman Jan Perry in the race to replace current Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is not seeking re-election.
Bass, a senior member of the House Rules Committee, won her seat in 1992 and currently represents District 25, which covers northern and central Los Angeles.
“I am running for mayor because I’m tired of being on the sidelines,” Bass said in a statement released Monday morning. “If we want a change from the status quo and a more accountable government, it starts with electing a mayor who will work with us to build a better LA.”
Garcetti, a Democrat, and Perry, a Democrat, are Democrats. If Bass were to win the Democratic primary, she would face either Perry or Garcetti in the general election.
A grassroots campaign, Friends of Karen Bass has already started to collect petitions to get her on the ballot.
A Monday evening message on a Twitter account, @Bass4Mayor, indicated that dozens of people were gathered at the Los Angeles Art Museum to greet Bass.
“Hey LA! Karen is here,” the message read. “Come on by the #LAAmuseum and say hi to the woman who is running for mayor! #BASS4mayor.”
Bass entered Congress and served under the first President Bill Clinton.
She was not considered to be a contender in the Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, though she did endorse her. She was more receptive to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy after Clinton fired then-FBI Director James Comey shortly before the 2016 election. Bass was involved in Clinton’s campaign in California.
The Los Angeles Times first reported Bass’s mayoral run.
The Republican field for mayor of Los Angeles is considered to be thin, with businessman Michael Woo and unsuccessful city controller candidate Karen Wright.
The Press Democrat reported earlier Monday that the Wave newspaper reported that former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton would be joining a GOP mayoral campaign.
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