Councilwoman Jan Perry is vying to become the first female, African American mayor in LA's 2013 mayoral race.
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Perry, 58, has represented the district that includes much of South LA as well as the western section downtown LA since 2001. Before that, she was the Planning Deputy for a councilman and then Chief of Staff for a councilwoman.
Perry, who was raised in Cleveland and converted to Judaism in the 1980s, has proved to be a frank candidate banking on grassroots organizing. She has worked to revitalize downtown as well as to restrict fast food restaurants and increase grocery stores and parks in South LA.
Source: Black Voices | Kathleen Miles