Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

Eric Garcetti (Photo: Neon Tommy)

Eric Garcetti (Photo: Neon Tommy)

Los Angeles has elected its first Jewish mayor.

Eric Garcetti, 42, defeated his opponent Wendy Greuel by six percentage points.

The Liberal Democrat tweeted after hearing the result : “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.”

Other city positions were won by members of the Jewish community, including newly-elected city attorney Mike Feuer and Ron Galperin in his bid to be city controller.

Los Angeles has the second largest Jewish community in America with 600,000 Jews residing there.

Last updated: 5:21pm, May 22 2013