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Wendy Greuel

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Wendy Greuel
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 33
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 3, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Los Angeles City Council District 2
Los Angeles City Controller
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Wendy Greuel is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 33rd Congressional District of California.[1]

She is a former Los Angeles City Controller and was a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles on the May 21, 2013 ballot.[2] Greuel was defeated by Eric Garcetti in the May 21 mayoral general election.[3] If she was elected, she would've been the first female mayor of Los Angeles.[4]


Greuel co-owns a family business, Frontier Building Supply.[4]

Greuel's political career began when she served as an aide to former Mayor Tom Bradley. When Bradley moved to Washington, DC in 1993 to take a job with the Clinton administration, so did a number of his aides, including Greuel. Her role was as an HUD administrator of grants to fight homelessness. She left her position with the federal government in 1997 to go to work for the film studio DreamWorks, as its manager of political affairs.[4]

Greuel was first elected to a political office in 2002, when she won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council with a margin of 242 votes.[4]


Campaign themes


See also: Issues in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest

Pension reform:

At a campaign forum held in Koreatown on November 14, Greuel opposed a City of Los Angeles Pension Reform Initiative, and the measure failed to appear on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The pension reform measure was sponsored by former mayor Richard Riordan.[5] Garcetti and Perry also opposed the Riordan plan, while Kevin James supported it.[6]

With respect to Riordan's plan, Greuel said, "I have concerns about it being ... sustainable in the city of L.A. So today it would not be something I would support."[6]

Sales tax:

Greuel opposed the City of Los Angeles Sales Tax Increase, which was defeated on the March 5, 2013 ballot.

If approved, the sales tax would have increased by half-a-cent on the purchase of goods and services made within the city.[7]

Greuel said with respect to the proposed new tax, "I have concerns about going to the public for a sales tax at a time when the public doesn't believe we've done everything that we can do."[8]



See also: California's 33rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Greuel is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 33rd District. Greuel is seeking election as a Democrat in the blanket primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Greuel received the endorsement of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He said, "Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now. The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief."[9]

Greuel was also endorsed by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris said in an interview, "I've known Wendy for a very long time. I know her to be someone who will represent California in a very important way."[10]

EMILY's List endorsed Greuel in the race as well. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said "Wendy Greuel has demonstrated outstanding leadership as a public servant fighting for education, small businesses, and government accountability for California families. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is excited to support Wendy’s campaign to be a strong voice for the women and families of California’s 33rd congressional district."[11]


See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

May 21 general

Mayor of Los Angeles, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 54.2% 222,300
     Nonpartisan Wendy Greuel 45.8% 187,609
Total Votes 409,909
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk

March 5 primary

Mayor of Los Angeles, Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Jan Perry 15.9% 58,472
     Nonpartisan Emanuel Pleitez 4.1% 15,263
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Garcetti 33.1% 121,930
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Greuel 29% 106,748
     Nonpartisan Addie M. Miller 0.5% 1,810
     Nonpartisan Kevin James 16.3% 60,154
     Nonpartisan Norton Sandler 0.5% 2,002
     Nonpartisan Yehuda "Yj" Draiman 0.4% 1,543
Total Votes 367,922
Source: Los Angeles City Clerk

Campaign donors


Through December 31, 2012, Greuel had raised slightly over $4 million for her campaign, including matching funds. This put her in a virtual dead heat with Eric Garcetti in the fundraising sweepstakes.[12][13]

This chart shows fundraising totals for the mayoral election's "Big 5" candidates through February 27, 2013:

Candidate Contributions rec'd Expenses Cash on hand Matching funds
Eric Garcetti $4,341,755 $4,958,067 $249,988 $667,000
Wendy Greuel $4,400,365 $4,935,141 $327,245 $667,000
Jan Perry $1,591,529 $2,142,366 $101,898 $667,000
Kevin James $444,328 $732,843 $33,878 $266,986
Emanuel Pleitez $252,618 $554,128 $64,118 $299,265


Greuel lives in Studio City. She is married to Dean Schramm. They have a son, Thomas.[14]

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