Below is an excerpt from the original article, which appeared on Politic365.com on December 18, 2012:
"With just seven weeks before Los Angeles city citizens receive their mail in ballots, the race for mayor of the City of Angels is heating up thanks to candidate forums and the first televised debate this past weekend. But even more interesting than what was said and who said it at these events, is who was not present and the reasons why.
Loudly absent from the debate and the forum was Emanuel Pleitez, resident of El Sereno and former advisor to incumbent Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. During the mayoral debate sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and Los Angeles League of Women Voters, Pleitez supporters protested peacefully and staged a walkout their candidate was denied participation due to his campaign has not meeting a fundraising requirement, $200,000 by the September 30th filing deadline, forth by the LALCV. Pleitez claims that his campaign is the only, true grassroots one, representing underserved neighborhoods across the city and engaging a large volunteer team. This isn’t to say that the slate of candidates present at both the debate and LA 2013 forum aren’t diverse. Greuel would be the first woman to be mayor of Los Angeles. James, is the lone Republican in the race and would be the city’s first openly gay mayor."
Original article written by Maegan Ortiz, Politic365.com. To read the original article visit www.politic365.com/2012/12/18/la-mayoral-wannabe-supporters-protest-debate-shut-out/
Learn more about Emanuel at www.pleitezforla.com/about_emanuel.