Emanuel Pleitez, LA Mayor Candidate 2013: Newcomer To Politics, Native Of LA


Kathleen Miles is the executive editor of Noema Magazine. She can be reached on Twitter at @mileskathleen.

LOS ANGELES — Emanuel Pleitez, the last candidate to join LA’s 2013 mayoral race, is a newcomer to politics but a native of LA.

Pleitez, only 30, was a personal assistant to Antonio Villaraigosa from 2003 to 2005, when the now mayor was a councilman. He worked for three years with investment bank Goldman Sachs and is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for data firm Spokeo. He is a former appointee to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition team and has worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury and the consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Pleitez told HuffPost that his priorities are improving schools, attracting jobs and solving the city’s budget woes partially by reforming pensions. The son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, he grew up and still lives in East LA’s El Sereno.

What are his stances on other issues? HuffPost asked him the same questions that we asked the other mayoral candidates, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and Kevin James.

Click through for Pleitez’s answers: