LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate.
Anxiety over denser, taller development and a jump in violent crime have injected some uncertainty into what otherwise looks like a lopsided contest.
The 46-year-old Democrat faces 10, little-known rivals in the March 7 election and is favored to return to City Hall.
However, the mayor shares the ballot with a proposal intended to restrict large real estate projects that challenges his vision for building thousands of new apartments clustered around train stations.
And there are concerns about safety with a higher crime rate.
One of the biggest questions is who will vote.
Angelenos tend to greet local elections with a shrug, and turnout sometimes struggles to get into double digits.
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