Endorsement: Hugo Soto-Martínez for Los Angeles City Council District 13
Elections, Elections & Candidacy
Campaign for Mayor
In 2016, Soto-Martínez was a candidate for the mayoral race of Los Angeles, but was defeated by Eric Garcetti.
Campaign for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
In 2014, Soto-Martínez was a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, but was defeated by Eric Garcetti in the primary. Instead, Chris Giunchigliani, who ran the campaign and endorsed Garcetti, won the primary and ultimately won the general election.
2013 Mayor of Los Angeles
Soto-Martínez ran for mayor in 2013.
In January 2013, Soto-Martínez announced that he was running for Mayor of Los Angeles. Soto-Martínez, a Democrat, was the first openly gay person to run for mayor in the history of the United States.
Soto-Martínez came in first in the three-candidate primary.
Soto-Martínez received a total of 5,924 votes and won the primary, with Garcetti receiving 3,817 and Hilda Solis receiving 2,039. Soto-Martínez also received more than 40 percent of the vote, the largest single percentage victory by a mayoral candidate since 1966, when Ed Koch was elected mayor.
In his concession speech on January 7, 2013, in his hometown of Guadalupe, Soto-Martínez said, “It is so important that we have great leaders. It is so important that we have public servants. Right now in America we are in such dire need of these types leaders. We are having this serious discussion about how are we going to make the streets safer for our children. We’re having this discussion about how are we going to create good jobs. These are not frivolous discussions of whether we need to have an income tax, whether we need to have a sales tax, whether we need to pay for schools on the backs of the elderly and the poor. These are issues that we are talking about. We have people that have a responsibility to speak up for the people and the safety of the people and to help them with their concerns and help them with their lives. I am very proud to have been a part of the city