Your guide to L.A.’s 2022 mayoral race

Participating in a mayoral debate held at Cal State L.A. on May 1 are candidates Rick Caruso, from left, Joe Buscaino, Kevin de Leon, Mike Feuer and Karen Bass.
(Ringo Chiu / For The Times)

Twelve people have qualified to appear on the ballot as Los Angeles mayoral candidates, a group that includes high-profile politicians and a billionaire real estate developer.

All three citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — will be filled in open elections, setting the stage for the most significant turnover in political leadership at City Hall since 2013. Voters will also decide on eight of the city’s 15 council seats.

Angelenos have until June 7 to submit their ballots for the primary. Any candidate who receives more than 50% of the vote will win outright; otherwise the top two vote-getters in each race will proceed to the November general election.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board has endorsements in many of the races on the ballot. This page will be updated with more information.

Here’s what you need to know.


How and where to vote

County election officials across the state will begin mailing out ballots by May 9. In Los Angeles and Orange counties, special vote by mail ballot applications were mailed April 8 for voters overseas.


How do you check whether you’re registered to vote? How do you register? Where can you find a voter guide? How do you return your mail-in ballot or vote in person?

To cast a ballot in this year’s primary election, voters must register by May 23. To register online, visit

Applications can also be found at public libraries, some post offices and government offices.

When is California’s 2022 primary election? Here’s how to register and how to cast a ballot in the state primary election.



Latest news

Here’s everything you need to know about the California primary election. How and where to vote. Who are the candidates and what are the issues?


Recommendations from the L.A. Times’ editorial Board

To help voters choose, The Times editorial page publishes endorsements based on candidate interviews and independent reporting. Every registered voter will be mailed a ballot in early May, giving people ample time to read up on the candidates, tune in to a forum, consider endorsements, including ours, and make a decision before the last day of voting on June 7.


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


Editorial board’s candidate interviews

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board, which is a team of opinion writers and editors, does its work separately from news reporters and editors, who have no input in the endorsement process. The editorial board interviewed most of the candidates for mayor, questioning them on homelessness, public safety and their capacity to lead the nation’s second-biggest city.


Where they stand on key issues


Follow the money

Rick Caruso’s campaign has spent more than $23 million — most of it his own money — in the L.A. mayor’s race, according to finance disclosures submitted to the City Ethics Commission on Thursday.

The Westside gave the most to candidates, with large contributions coming from Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills. Use our maps to explore where mayoral candidates are receiving money from.



Coverage of local L.A. races and issues

The ballot will include voting for a new mayor, a new city attorney and a new city controller and will also feature eight City Council races. Here’s what you need to know.


L.A. on the Record

As the city confronts a homelessness crisis and fundamental questions around public safety, the people of Los Angeles are paying attention. But the machinery around City Hall often feels opaque, and bureaucratic intricacies abound. Our plan is to make The Times’ L.A. on the Record newsletter an indispensable window into what makes Los Angeles tick. We hope you’ll join us for the conversation.

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Our columnists weigh in

LAPD officers are behind some $2 million in ads to stop the congresswoman from becoming mayor. It should be a wake-up call for reluctant progressives.

I’ve identified six different Rick Carusos, each more carefully crafted than the other.

L.A. mayoral candidate Rep. Karen Bass says her connections and know-how will move L.A. forward on homelessness.



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