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L.A. Mayor Who Is Not Running For President Also Not *Not* Running For Governor

Mayor Eric Garcetti (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, L.A. Mayor and frequent swing state visitor Eric Garcetti told the Sacramento Bee that he had yet to rule out a run for California governor in 2018.

“I have not made any decision on that,” Garcetti said when asked about the upcoming gubernatorial race after an event with other big-city mayors in Sacramento. As a reminder, Garcetti was recently elected to a second term at the helm of the nation's second most populous city, and it wasn't just any term. Thanks to a change in election dates, Garcetti's second term spans a super-sized five-and-a-half years, as opposed to the usual four. The term won't finish until 2022 and it began in July—meaning Garcetti will be less than a year into it when California's gubernatorial primary is held on June 5, 2018.

If Garcetti does choose to enter the gubernatorial fray, he'll join his mayoral predecessor Antonio Villaraigosa, lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom, and state treasurer John Chiang, among others, in the race for California's highest office.

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