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Not a Big Surprise: Eric Garcetti is Running for Mayor

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Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti likes city politics, so he's putting a bid for the brass ring on it:

I made it official this morning and took out papers to run for Mayor. I love LA--the best city in the world--and it is time for focused leadership, innovation, and a vision to inspire this city. I hope to earn your support as we approach Election Day. Together, let's put LA back on top.

Garcetti posted his big news on Facebook and Twitter this morning after filing his paperwork for candidacy.

It's really not such a surprise, since not only has he already played the Mayor of L.A. on the teevee, but also it's been long-rumored the Prince of Potholes has been angling for the gig.

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The pack of hopefuls is pretty crowded, with still about a year and a half to go until the March 5, 2013 mayoral election. KCET points out:

He enters the 2013 race already full of other mayoral hopefuls, including former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilmember Jan Perry and radio host Kevin James. Others like former City Councilmember and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky may also run.