July 04, 2013
LAWT News Service
In a unanimous vote of his colleagues, City Council President Herb Wesson was re-elected to a 2-year term as President of the Los Angeles City Council.
Wesson was first elected 18 months ago succeeding former Council President Eric Garcetti, who stepped down to become a candidate for Mayor. Garcetti was sworn-in as Mayor in Inaugural Ceremonies on Sunday.
Wesson is the first African American to be elected to what is the second most powerful position in Los Angeles City government.
“I am grateful for the support I received from my colleagues. These are challenging times for our city. We’ve made great progress in confronting those challenges, but the job isn’t done. I believe that working together with our new Mayor, we will be able to move from the fiscal darkness in into a brighter future for our city.”
Also attending the election ceremony in the John Ferraro Council Chambers was newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti, who stated his support for Wesson and pledged to work with Wesson and the City Council in shaping city policy.
Among the new members was Ninth District Councilmember Curren Price, who joined 5 other newly elected City Councilmembers in casting their first vote on the City Council a vote for Council President Herb Wesson.