EMILY’s List, which endorses pro-abortion rights women running for public office, placed its weight behind 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’s (D-Calif.) bid to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.
“For more than 16 years, Karen Bass has been Los Angeles’ fiercest advocate, both in the halls of Sacramento and Washington, D.C," EMILY’s List President Laphonza Butler said in a statement on Thursday.
“As mayor, we know Karen will bring people together to find progressive solutions to the complex issues facing her city, including COVID-19 recovery and the homelessness crisis. If elected, Karen would become the first Black woman to hold the office of mayor of Los Angeles, and EMILY’s List is thrilled to stand with her historic campaign,” Butler added in her statement.
The mission of @emilyslist is more urgent now than ever, and I’m tremendously grateful to be able to count on their partnership now, just as I was able to 17 years ago when I first ran for a seat in the California State Assembly.— Karen Bass (@KarenBassLA) October 7, 2021
Thank you for standing with me. https://t.co/0hbHXvscRV
Since Bass officially entered Los Angeles’s mayoral race in late September, she has garnered endorsements from a handful of California Democrats, 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.
Last week, she also secured an endorsement from 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).
Last year, the six-term House member was considered among a handful of potential running mate picks for then-presidential candidate Joe 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. Biden ultimately chose then-California Sen. 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 (D). She was also among a bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiating legislation on police reform, though they announced last month that those talks fell threw.
Biden tapped Los Angeles’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), to be the U.S. ambassador to India in July, though his nomination has not yet been confirmed yet in the Senate.
Several other Democratic candidates are also vying for the mayoral bid, including Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Councilman Joe Buscaino.