By Patrick Atwater
Coro Fellow/Maven Intern
Brush off your Wendy Greuel lawn signs because over the weekend, the city controller made it official, filing her paperwork with the city Ethics Commission to start raising money for the 2013 mayoral race.
Energy/utility analyst YJ Draiman also filed papers and launched a website for the 2013 race.
Greuel is a familiar face around City Hall. In 2002, Greuel won a run-off election against former Assemblyman, now councilman, Tony Cardenas to fill the remainder of Second District Councilman Joel Wachs’ term. She was reelected in 2003 and 2007, and served until July 2009 when she assumed the office of controller.
Prior to elected office, Greuel interned for Wachs and Mayor Tom Bradley.
After graduating from UCLA, Greuel continued to work for Bradley, creating LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after-school program. From there, she worked for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton Administration.
Greuel lives in Studio City with her husband Dean Schramm and their son Thomas.
A host of other candidates are expected/speculated to join the crowded field that will be the mayor’s race, including:
- Austin Beutner, First Deputy Mayor
- Rick Caruso, Developer
- Eric Garcetti, Council President
- Alex Padilla, State Senator
- Jan Perry, Council President Pro Tempore
- Zev Yaroslavsky, County Supervisor