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Riordan endorses Beutner as next LA mayor

Former LA Mayor Richard Riordan is backing Austin Beutner in the battle to replace Antonio Villaraigosa next year.

April 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has made an early endorsement in the battle to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

"I hope everybody will join me, and let's have Austin Beutner as our next mayor and let's have jobs, jobs and more jobs," said Riordan.

Hoping to boost his name recognition, Riordan is pushing the candidacy of former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner.

Beutner has overseen the city's economic departments and the Department of Water and Power.

Mayor Villaraigosa will be termed out next year.