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Councilwoman Jan Perry to run for mayor in 2013

March 16, 2011, 5:36 p.m.

Jan Perry, councilwoman for the Vernon Central and part of Downtown Los Angeles, has officially filed paperwork to throw her hat in the ring for the 2013 mayoral race.

Earlier this week, radio talk show host Kevin James announced his intent to run. The race is becoming crowded, with at least seven potential candidates vying for Antonio Villaraigosa's seat.

Perry, who has been serving downtown L.A. and Vernon Central since 2001, said her work in South Los Angeles has influenced her hopes for the city as a whole.

“It has served as part of a larger agenda,” Perry said. “It has set the tone to help the community have a pathway to recovery through local transportation, housing and jobs... that’s what helps me shape my vision of what I can do for the city.”

Perry currently serves as the President Pro Tempore of the city council and is the chair of the Energy and Environment Committee. She is ineligible to run for re-election as a councilwoman after her current term ends in 2013.

Perry said she still has plenty of items on her to-do list before she leaves office. She said she hopes redevelopment of the historic Dunbar Hotel will be completed, as well as the wetland project on Avalon and 54th Streets.

She also has several projects in downtown to complete: additional developments to the Figueroa campus that includes LA Live and the Convention Center and redeveloping Grand Avenue — part of which is the Broad Museum, a contemporary art museum — that could create more than 100 permanent jobs.

Photo from Eric Richardson from flickr

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