Kevin James

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Kevin James
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PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Oklahoma
J.D.University of Houston Law Center
Personal
ProfessionAttorney, radio talk show host
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Kevin James is an attorney and a radio talk show host.[1]

James ran in a primary for Mayor of Los Angeles in March 2013. Although the Los Angeles mayoral election is non-partisan, James is identified with the Republican Party. He is also openly gay.[2]

Mayoral campaign

See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

James ran in the March 5, 2013 mayoral primary as a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles. He came in 3rd in the crowded primary and therefore did not proceed to the May 21 mayoral general election.

Election results

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

Issues

See also: Issues in the 2013 Los Angeles mayoral contest

Pension reform:

At a campaign forum held in Koreatown on November 14, James spoke in favor of a City of Los Angeles Pension Reform Initiative, which may be on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The pension reform measure is sponsored by former mayor Richard Riordan.[3] Garcetti, Greuel and Perry oppose the Riordan plan.[4]

At a forum for mayoral candidates on August 16, sponsored by Ya Basta and the East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, James said, "My opponents don’t have the guts to take the issue to court, like it happened in San Diego and San Jose. I can guarantee you, there isn’t a judge in California who will say we have to pay our pensions before police and fire employees [salaries] in the City of Los Angeles."[5]

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools:

The Partnership for Los Angeles School is a non-profit organization created by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the purpose of solving problems at the city's worst performing schools by putting them under alternative management. At an August 2012 mayoral forum, James registered his support for the program.[5]

Gang Reduction Youth Development program

The Gang Reduction Youth Development program was developed to provide gang intervention and prevention services. James supports the program.[5]

Campaign fundraising

Through September 30, 2012, James had raised $275,090 for his campaign.[6]

Fred Davis, a Republican media strategist, announced in mid-November that he has formed a SuperPAC (the "Better Way LA Committee") with the goal of raising and spending a minimum of $4 million on behalf of the candidacy of James.[2]

Davis said that his SuperPAC will argue that James is the only mayoral candidate who is not responsible for the state of financial crisis that exists in the city: "[James is] the only one of the four who wasn't part of the problem," according to Davis.[2]

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

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