The five main candidates in next year’s Los Angeles mayoral election will appear in their first public forum together Sunday.
City Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Kevin de León, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Rep. Karen Bass and Jessica Lall, CEO of the Central City Association, have confirmed their participation, according to The Stonewall Democratic Club, which will host the event. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and The Minority AIDS Project will be co-hosts.
The forum will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Minority AIDS Project at 5149 W. Jefferson Blvd., “in a hybrid online and in-person format in a Zoom meeting as well as simulcast from the Stonewall YouTube channel and Facebook page,” organizers said.
Stonewall Democratic Club members will vote to endorse a candidate at the conclusion of the forum.
Freelance journalist Jarrett Hill and Spectrum News 1 anchor Tanya McRae will serve as moderators.
In-person attendance will be limited to candidate staff, selected guests and the press. Prior to entering the facility, all attendees must provide proof of immunization against COVID-19 and must wear masks while inside the facility at all times unless appearing on stage.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1975, The Stonewall Democratic Club touts itself as “the home for progressive Democrats who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies of the LGBT community.” The group says it advocates for and encourages diversity, social equity, and inclusion.
The primary for the 2022 Los Angeles mayoral election will take place June 7, with the top two finishers squaring off in the general election Nov. 8.
Other candidates running to replace a termed-out Eric Garcetti include real estate agent Mel Wilson, entrepreneur Ramit Varma and marketing executive Craig Greiwe.