Los Angeles mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez on Wednesday kicked off a six-day, 100-mile running and bicycling trip across the city as part of a get-out-the-vote effort on the final weekend before the March 5 election.
Pleitez ran 15.4 miles from the Canoga Park Community Center to Mestizo restaurant in Mission Hills on Wednesday in about three hours.
The entire 100-mile trip will take Pleitez through neighborhoods in the western and eastern San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Eastside, Mid-City, Venice, and South Los Angeles areas.
It will conclude Monday night in San Pedro, in time for the election on Tuesday.
Pleitez, 30, was a personal assistant to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from 2003-2005, a financial analyst with the Securities Division of the investment bank Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a member of the Obama transition team reviewing potential staff for the Treasury Department.
Pleitez most recently worked as Chief Strategy Officer for Spokeo, a search engine to find information about people using data mined from their public profiles on various social networks.
Pleitez finished third in a 2009 special election in the 32nd Congressional District to succeed Hilda Solis, who had been appointed Secretary of Labor.