Joe Buscaino Drops Out of LA Mayor Race – Los Angeles

Joe Buscaino, Councilmember in Los Angeles, is leaving the race for Mayor and supporting Rick Caruso.

He is now out of the race to succeed Eric Garcetti as Mayor.

Buscaino’s announcement is made just weeks before the California Primary election ends on June 7. The Nov. 8 election will see the two top candidates face off.

NBC4’s Conan Nolan talks with LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino about his vision for Los Angeles, how his district’s solution to the homelessness problem should be followed city-wide, and his plan for police hiring.

The ballots were delivered to eligible voters this week.

The District 15 representative is a long-time resident of the district. Before he was elected to council, he served 15 years as an LAPD officer. He prioritized safety, transportation, affordable housing, climate action, and the city’s homelessness crisis as his top priorities.

“Rick and I agree on the playbook to solve the city’s pressing issues,” Buscaino said. “While today’s decision wasn’t easy, it is important for the future of Los Angeles. We will make Los Angeles safer and cleaner together.

In February, the Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Caruso instead of Buscaino.

“I have tremendous respect for Joe and his deep commitment to the people of Los Angeles,” said Caruso. “I’m honored to have his endorsement and look forward to his counsel on issues like homelessness and criminal justice.”

The primary ballot sent before Thursday’s announcement includes Buscaino, Caruso, Bass, Feuer, de León, activist Gina Viola, real estate agent Mel Wilson, business executive Craig Greiwe, social justice advocate Alex Gruenenfelder Smith, lawyer Andrew Kim, entrepreneur Ramit Varma and business owner John “Jsamuel” Jackson.

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