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Bass vs. Caruso: Your guide to the Los Angeles mayor’s race

Photo illustration of Los Angeles City Hall with a ballot in the background.
(Photo illustration by Nicole Vas / Los Angeles Times; Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
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Los Angeles’ first new mayor in nearly a decade will be decided Nov. 8, as Rep. Karen Bass and Rick Caruso face off in a head-to-head matchup.

The six-term congresswoman finished with a seven-point lead over the real estate developer in the crowded June primary. All three citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — will be up for grabs in November, setting the stage for the most significant turnover in political leadership at City Hall since 2013.

Eight of the city’s 15 City Council seats were also voted on this year. Four of those races were decided in the June primary and four will continue on to November runoffs.

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California’s 2022 election ballot includes races for governor, attorney general, the Legislature and Congress, as well as local contests and statewide ballot initiatives.

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Who are the candidates?

Rep. Karen Bass and real estate developer Rick Caruso are the two candidates in the L.A. Mayor race. Recent polling indicates that Bass has a significant lead in the race, but Caruso, a longtime Republican who is now a registered Democrat, is widely expected to unleash a massive field campaign in coming weeks.

Bass/Caruso on homelessness

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Where do they stand on key issues

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More on the candidates

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Dive deep into other local races

Homelessness is the dominant issue in the City Council district serving Venice and other coastal areas.

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Tracking the money

Caruso has spent more than $61 million of his own money in the L.A. mayor’s race, according to the latest filings.

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How and where to vote

Ballots will be in the mail to all 22 million registered voters in the state no later than Oct. 10. Californians can return ballots by mail, drop them at collection boxes or turn them in at voting centers. They can also cast ballots early at voting centers or wait until Nov. 8 to vote at their neighborhood polling places.

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Californians can register to vote or check their status at https://registertovote.ca.gov/.

Here’s how to register to vote and how to cast a ballot in California’s midterm election Nov. 8.

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Endorsements

To help voters choose, the Times editorial page publishes endorsements based on candidate interviews and independent reporting.

The L.A. Times’ editorial board endorsements for statewide ballot measures, elected offices in Los Angeles city and county, L.A. Unified School District board, L.A. county superior court, statewide offices, the state Legislature and U.S. House and Senate seats.

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Our columnists weigh in

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