Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry announced Thursday that actor, author and community activist George Takei has endorsed her candidacy in this year’s mayoral election.

An image from George Takei’s endorsement video.

“Jan Perry has dedicated her career to make sure government works for everybody regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation,” said Takei. “I know from personal experience that Jan has a no-nonsense, pragmatic style of leadership that brings people from all walks of life together and yields excellent results. We need Jan to become our next mayor.”

Takei achieved worldwide fame for his portrayal of Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise, in the legendary TV series “Star Trek.” He has also been a champion for civil rights in the Asian American and LGBT communities.

“George is the type of person who has used his fame to help others and is passionate about the well-being of the City of Los Angeles,” said Perry. “I am honored to have his support and will work tirelessly to ensure the City of Los Angeles reaches its full potential.”

To see Takei’s endorsement video, click here.

On Wednesday, the IndoChinese American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) announced its endorsement of Perry as one of its first actions of the new year.

“The City of Los Angeles is at a crossroads. It needs a bold leader who understands how to make the city work for everyone,” said William Su, IAPAC president. “We believe Jan Perry is the candidate with the most impressive record of working with business as well as diverse ethnic communities to make sure everyone has the opportunity to live in a safe and prosperous city.”

Perry’s endorsers also include Professor William Ouchi of  UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; Rose Ochi, former deputy mayor to Mayor Tom Bradley; and former Assemblymember George Nakano.


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