Los Angeles County Supervisor
Asked about his mayoral ambitions on the KCRW radio show "Which Way L.A.?," Ridley-Thomas said he will seek to retain his seat in 2016, when he will have the opportunity to run for a third four-year term.
"I'm running for the Board of Supervisors and I have no intention of challenging any incumbent that I'm aware of," he told Warren Olney, the program's host.
Ridley-Thomas, a former state lawmaker and L.A. city councilman, provided a different answer to the mayoral question last week. The Times asked him during an appearance at City Hall whether he had ruled out a 2017 run for mayor. At that point, Ridley-Thomas said no.
The Times then asked him when he expected to make a decision on the possibility of a mayoral bid. "I'm not prepared to go beyond that at this point," he said at the time.
On KCRW, Olney asked Ridley-Thomas about last week's remarks. The county supervisor responded by saying that he had given an answer to a general question about a possible mayoral bid, one that was not pegged to a specific election year.
The Times asked Ridley-Thomas for a follow-up interview Wednesday but he declined through a staffer.
Garcetti has spent the last few months raising money for his reelection bid. Asked about Ridley-Thomas last week, the mayor said he looked forward to seeking his support in the upcoming campaign.