Former California Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D) on Friday endorsed Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassFor Democrats it should be about votes, not megaphones Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Bass calls 'Black pastors' comment during Arbery trial 'despicable' MORE (D-Calif.) to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, just days after Bass formally announced her candidacy.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with her over the years and can personally attest that she has exactly what it takes to be a great mayor: intelligence, experience, compassion and toughness. Karen is a uniter at a time when we desperately need that rare skill,” Boxer said in a statement.
Bass announced on Monday via Twitter that she was entering the race to run for mayor of Los Angeles after weeks of speculation. She had previously hinted that she was strongly considering the move in late August during an interview with KPCC/LAist.
Bass, who previously chaired the Congressional Black Caucus, was considered among a handful of potential vice presidential candidates for then-candidate Joe Biden before Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence MORE was named.
She was also among a group of three lawmakers who held bipartisan talks on police reform this year, though they announced last month that those talks fell through.
Bass’s run for Los Angeles mayor comes after the city’s current mayor, Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiGarcetti was aware of sexual harassment allegations against top aide: report LA councilmembers vote to ban 'ghost guns' France to test flying taxi routes ahead of 2024 Summer Olympics MORE (D), was tapped to be the U.S. ambassador to India by President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE in July, though his nomination has not been confirmed yet in the Senate.
Among the list of contenders also vying for the position are City Councilman Joe Buscaino (D) and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (D).
So far, Bass also has received endorsements from several California Democratic House members, including Reps. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarTrump allies leaning on his executive privilege claims All eyes on Garland after Bannon contempt vote First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE, Judy ChuJudy May ChuDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE, Mike Levin, Ted LieuTed W. LieuDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps Hamlin opens up on playing anthrax-era Tom Brokaw MORE, Alan LowenthalAlan Stuart LowenthalProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Progressives see infrastructure vote next week Progressives win again: No infrastructure vote Thursday MORE, Katie Porter, Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardLatino activists flex redistricting muscle after decade of growth Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE and Juan VargasJuan C. VargasDemocrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill House Democrats aim for Thursday vote on social spending package Progressives see infrastructure vote next week MORE, according to her campaign website.