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Lackluster Voter Interest in Tight L.A. Mayor's Race

The Los Angeles mayor's race comes to a head Tuesday, with two strong candidates -- L.A. City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa and former state Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg -- threatening to unseat current Mayor James Hahn. The city is at a fiscal crossroads and the issues are critical -- but why has the race failed to create much interest among voters?

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.
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