Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Controller and executive at DreamWorks, said on Thursday that she will run for the coastal Los Angeles congressional seat long occupied by Henry Waxman, who announced his retirement earlier in the day.
Greuel made an unsuccessful bid for mayor of Los Angeles last year, a campaign that was boosted by the support of her former employers, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.
“I am going to fight like Congressman Henry Waxman on issues important to our families,” Greuel said on Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Marianne Williamson and Brent Roske already are running in the 33rd congressional district, and there was anticipation that Waxman’s retirement could lead to a number of other candidates seeking the open seat, including State Sen. Ted Lieu.
But Greuel would enter the race with name recognition and a donor network from her bid for mayor. She does not live in the district, but has told reporters she plans to move.
Just several weeks ago, Greuel announced that she would not run for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Greuel also served as a Los Angeles city councilwoman, and currently sits on the California Film Commission.