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Eric Garcetti Elected as Next Mayor of Los Angeles

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eric Garcetti has won the bid to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old city councilman beat City Controller Wendy Greuel in an election on Tuesday.  Results posted on the Los Angeles City Clerk’s website show that Garcetti defeated Greuel 54 percent to 46 percent.

"Thank you Los Angeles -- the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let's make this a great city again," Garcetti tweeted early Wednesday morning.

He will replace Antonio Villaraigosa as mayor when he takes office on July 1.  Garcetti will be the city's first Jewish mayor and its youngest one.

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