(CNN) – In a little-watched but contentious election in Los Angeles Tuesday, city residents will vote to select a new mayor from five leading candidates, though the race is expected to head to a runoff.
The winner will succeed Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat who is term limited and unable to run again. Four of the past five mayors of Los Angeles have been Democrats, and one expected outcome of Tuesday's vote is a split between the two leading Democratic candidates, city council members Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. Without a majority, the top two candidates would head to a runoff vote on May 21.
The other three major contenders in the race are Jan Perry, another Democrat who serves as a councilwoman; former prosecutor and radio host Kevin James, a Republican; and businessman Emanuel Pleitez, who is running as a "progressive."
The nation's second largest city faces a wealth of problems, including a higher-than-average unemployment rate and a crumbling infrastructure. Despite those dilemmas, the turnout in Tuesday's mayoral race is expected to be low.
Another vote in Los Angeles Tuesday will be for school board, a race that's garnered national attention and dollars. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $1 million backing an effort by Villaraigosa to elect candidates who support reforms he's enacted, including opening more charter schools.
In total, the city's ethics board says $4.4 million has been spent by outside groups on the school board elections.
CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $1 million backing an effort by Villaraigosa to elect candidates who support reforms he's enacted, including opening more charter schools.
I don't like charter schools, most especially the privately owned ones. I think they represent the systematic dismantling of our public education system. Granted, our education system needs some work, but charter schools is not the solution. By their bery nature, charter schools unbalanced the playing field for students: granting advantage to some, and disadvantage to many more.
California is pretty much a lost cause, and doomed to bankruptcy.
i hope they can elect someone who will stop the gang violence ....
L A is one of the greatest city in the world and i hope the new mayor will do something about the L A Police dept because it is one of the most dirty in the country and need real reform. the xcop that went on a killing spre was wrong
for what he did and there no justiceforacation for that. but the reason he did what he did is because the L A pd
did him wrong. just saying.
@Rudy NYC – I'm with you... While the Charter School idea is good, IMHO it does represent the systematic dismantling of our public education system. Much like the oft-proposed voucher system allowing public school kids to chose which private school they want to spend our tax dollars at. Proponents forget that acceptance of Govt $$ all means acceptance of Govt oversight, reporting, etc. If you want private schooling, pay for it. That's your prerogative. Don't believe LA has anything of that kind.