Karen Bass : As the only Black woman and just the second person to hold the position of mayor of Los Angeles, Representative Karen Bass is predicted to defeat businessman Rick Caruso.More UPdates Blingsnews
The former Republican businessman, who spent more than $100 million of his own money on the race, lost to the 69-year-old congresswoman.
The latest election results from LA County election officials showed Ms. Bass with 53.06 percent of the vote to Mr. Caruso’s 46.94 percent, prompting predictions of her victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Ms. Bass is a six-term member of the US Congress and the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She also represents California’s 37th congressional district and was Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.
Leading Democrats including Hillary Clinton, the vice president Kamala Harris, previous president Barack Obama, and the president all supported her.
Mr. Caruso, 63, grabbed the lead at first on election night, but Ms. Bass reduced the gap before taking the lead and holding it throughout the lengthy ballot-counting process.
She stated before the election that if elected, she would proclaim a state of emergency to address the city’s homelessness problem, which affects as many as 41,000 people in Los Angeles.
Eric Garcetti, the current mayor, will be replaced by Ms. Bass. Garcetti was unable to run again and is still seeking approval as Joe Biden’s US ambassador to India.
Who is Karen Bass?
Since 2022, Karen Ruth Bass, an American politician and social worker, has been the 43rd mayor of Los Angeles. She was born on October 3, 1953. Bass, a Democrat, has previously represented California’s 33rd congressional district from 2011 to 2013 and California’s 37th congressional district from 2013 to 2022 in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served from 2004 to 2010 as a member of the California State Assembly, where she served as speaker during her final term.