You’ve got a choice to make, L.A.: Who’s going to be your next mayor?
You’ve probably been flooded with advertisements and news coverage about the candidates vying to replace L.A.’s outgoing mayor, Eric Garcetti. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any easier to make your choice.
That’s why we’re bringing you Meet Your Mayor, our quiz that asks you and the candidates the same questions so that we can "match" you with the candidate who's closest to you on key issues. It’s kind of like one of those matchmaking apps where you answer a bunch of questions and then you get matched with someone who shares your interests and values.
We’ll be candid — we sent out more than 30 questions to the candidates and categorizing their responses was a challenge. In some areas, there’s a lot of agreement. So we focused on where there are real policy distinctions, ultimately using 12 questions to give you a sense of where the candidates align with your own views. The answers to everything we asked are also available for you to review.
Who votes for L.A. mayor?
You must live in the city of Los Angeles to vote in this race. Not sure? Use our Voter's Edge tool to see all the races on your ballot based on your home address.
OK, but what does the mayor even do?
Think of L.A.’s mayor as a CEO: they can appoint commissioners and boot city officials.
They also handle the money; mayors must propose a budget and report on how that money is spent to the City Council every year. (The 15-member City Council is basically Los Angeles’ legislature.)
And as the head of the second-largest city in the country, L.A.’s mayor has the ability to lead on social issues at the heart of national conversations. Their power over the budget allows them to carve out funding to pilot new programs that push ideas into the realm of political possibility.
In short, choosing a mayor is kind of a big deal. You can learn more about the position of L.A. mayor in our voter guide.