Rep. Karen Bass Launches Campaign for Los Angeles Mayor

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37) launched her campaign for mayor of Los Angeles Monday. Bass, in her 6th term, is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and was vetted as a possible running mate for Joe Biden in 2020. 

Bass joins a crowded field vying to become mayor of the nation's second largest city. Other notable candidates include City Attorney Mike Feuer and councilmembers Joe Buscaino and Kevin de Leon.

Democratic mayor Eric Garcetti is ineligible to run in the November, 2022 election due to term limits. He is likely to leave office before his term ends, having been nominated by Biden to serve as ambassador to India. He is awaiting Senate confirmation. If Garcetti leaves, the acting mayor will be City Council President Nury Martinez.

The Council then has the option to appoint an interim mayor or hold a special election to complete the term, but neither is likely with the 2022 primary coming up next June. Martinez has said that she will not run for a full term.

Bass represents the heavily Democratic 37th district, which is largely within Los Angeles, and includes areas south and west of downtown. The boundaries of the district are likely to change in upcoming redistricting, particularly with California losing a congressional seat for the first time in its history.

18 current members of the House - 9 from each party - have announced they are retiring or running for another office in 2022.

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