Voters in Los Angeles go to the polls today to select a new mayor to replace Antonio R. Villaraigosa, who has led the nation's second-largest city for the past eight years.
Five candidates are seeking to replace Villaraigosa but none of them is expected to receive a majority of votes. That will likely lead to a runoff election in May with the top two candidates. Compared to past mayoral elections in LA, this year's race has been relatively low key. Although the candidates have traded various accusations, voters appear to be uninterested.
The leading candidates are City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti. Also running for mayor are Councilwoman Jan Perry, Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez, a former mayoral aide.
Turnout is expected to be relatively low. Only 18 percent of the city's 1.8 million registered voters are expected to participate, according to LA elections officials. In addition to voting for mayor, LA residents will be selecting a new controller, city attorney, various council seats and school board.
Villaraigosa became the city's first Hispanic mayor in 100 years when he was elected in 2005. He was reelected again in 2009. The 60-year-old could not run for mayor again because of term limits.
There has been speculation in recent months that Villaraigosa was going to be appointed to a position in the Obama administration. Villaraigosa denied that and said he would finish out his term as mayor.
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