Congresswoman Karen Bass announces plan to run for Los Angeles mayor

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. California Congresswoman Bass has emerged a leading contender to be Democrats' vice presidential candidate. Allies say her reputation as a bridge-builder would make her a strong partner to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) ORG XMIT: WX202

LOS ANGELES — Democratic Rep. Karen Bass has entered the race to become Los Angeles’ new mayor. 

Bass, a high-profile member of the Democratic caucus who represents parts of Los Angeles, is one of the most notable figures who have entered the race since current Mayor Eric Garcetti was appointed by President Joe Biden to be the U.S. ambassador to India. The race is set to be decided in November 2022, with a primary in June. 

“With my whole heart, I’m ready. Let’s do this — together. I’m running for mayor,” Bass said Monday announcing her decision. 

The city is dealing with a series of impounding crises that mostly center a lack of affordable housing and an increasing homeless population living on city streets — a top priority that Bass highlighted on her website

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