Karen Bass becomes first woman elected Los Angeles mayor

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LOS ANGELES — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass was elected the next mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday, taking the reins in the nation’s second-largest city during an intense period of soul-searching as it reels from a racism scandal and seeks fresh answers to seemingly intractable problems like homelessness and corruption.

The Democratic congresswoman prevailed over billionaire real estate developer and fellow Democrat Rick Caruso to become the first woman elected to lead the city and just its second Black mayor. The race, Los Angeles’s most expensive contest ever, remained close until the final days of a week-long count, when Bass pulled decisively ahead and never lost her advantage. As of Wednesday evening, Bass held an insurmountable lead of just over six percentage points, and the Associated Press projected her the winner.

“The people of Los Angeles have sent a clear message: it is time for change and it is time for urgency,” Bass said in a statement…

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This article was written by Reis Thebault and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com