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Garcetti Confirmed by Senate Committee as Ambassador to India

Eric Garcetti, Mayor, Ambassador to India

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination as Ambassador to India.

This follows months of speculation about when the confirmation would take place - and who would be next in line to lead Los Angeles.

Mayor Garcetti long grappled with pressing social and economic issues during his time in office. They ranged from the burgeoning homelessness crisis to housing unaffordability, to public transportation, and, most recently, COVID-19.

The nomination is still subject to majority approval by the Senate. A scenario that will likely occur, Garcetti will depart his post as Mayor, topping off an already long and turbulent political moment in Los Angeles' history. The decision about who will follow Garcetti will be an important one, and will influence the trajectory of the City's re-opening and economic recovery efforts.

To help answer this question, below are a list of scenarios and possible mayoral successors.

1. Council President Nury fills the vacancy

Under the City's charter, the current City Council President, Nury Martinez, would immediately assume the Mayoral vacancy in the short-term.

Although the Council may collectively decide to select another successor as described below, the process could take several weeks - even months. Until a decision is made, Nury will continue to serve as Mayor.

However, with Councilmember Martinez considering a 'serious' run for the Mayor's office in 2022, the situation could get complicated.

2. Council may appoint mayor, or hold a special election

Furthermore, another options involves having the City Council to either to call for a special election to fill the vacancy. Similarly, the Council could circumvent a special election by appointing Interim Mayor to serve out the duration of Garcetti's term.

Due to costs and timing, a special election would likely be difficult to facilitate. Considering that Garcetti's term is set to expire on December 12th, 2022, the Council would likely be hesitant to hold a City-wide special election.

It's also important to note that if the Council decides to appoint Nury as interim mayor, her council seat will be considered vacant. In this case, another special election will take place.

Other candidates are also vying for the Mayor's seat - including Mike Feuer, Joe Buscaino, and Karen Bass.

The Primary for the Mayor's race is scheduled for June 7th, 2022, and the general election is set for November 8th, 2022.

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