In today’s CALmatters column, Dan Walters ponders the possibilities for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s political future following his announcement that he would not run for governor in 2018.

He begins by detailing the political fortunes of former LA mayor and gubernatorial candidate, Antonio Villaraigosa, who, through Garcetti’s decision, avoided a heavy-hitting competitor for votes and donors entering the race.

According to Walters, “a Garcetti candidacy would seriously erode Villaraigosa’s chances – perhaps even erase them – of finishing in the June primary’s top two and thus securing a place in the November runoff.”

However, this choice does not only open doors for Villaraigosa. It also heightens the intrigue around Garcetti’s next move. As Walters notes, his name has been floated as the replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, either through running in 2024 or an appointment, and as a potential 2020 presidential candidate.

To read Walters’ take on Garcetti’s decision, see more here: Garcetti’s opt-out for governor may have saved Villaraigosa

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