PRESS RELEASE: EMANUEL PLEITEZ DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF FROM OTHER CANDIDATES
Pleitez challenges other four mayoral candidates, receives warm welcome from audience at CivicCare debate
LOS ANGELES – Thursday night, Emanuel Pleitez, candidate for mayor, participated in the Civic Care LA Mayoral Candidates Debate at the Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills. This marked the first of many debates he has been invited to, in the New Year, leading up to the March 5th election. The debate, which was streamed online, gave Pleitez his first chance to address a large audience of voters since crossing the city matching funds threshold at the end of the year.
Pleitez shocked the crowd of 500 community members, getting a few cheers and laughs, when he said, “There is a word I learned that sums up what I feel the mission of the next mayor should be: Tikkun Olam, I want to start healing the world by healing LA.”
In policy terms, Pleitez laid out his plan for healing LA by “making education a 24 hour responsibility” and solving a growing pension crisis, and investing in communities with the highest need. Pleitez distanced himself from the other candidates by relying on his experience as a two-time Obama appointee and his campaign presence on the eastside and South LA.
Pleitez was unafraid to challenge Perry, Greuel, and Garcetti on their records in office. “What I see are three elected officials, with 30 years of combined experience, who vote the exact same way 99% of the time and together have brought our city to the brink of bankruptcy”, he said in his closing statement.
His message of public service, equality, and change seemed to resonate among the predominantly Jewish westside audience. Pleitez described his campaign as “about giving a voice to all of LA’s communities, especially those that have been ignored by our politicians.” The statement was applauded by the congregation.
Pleitez is a former technology executive, with public, private, and non-profit sector experience, and was appointed to manage President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Pleitez, an LA native, grew up on the eastside and currently lives in El Sereno with his wife, Rebecca.
For full bio, please visit www.pleitezforla.com/about_emanuel.
Director of Communications
January 4, 2013