LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Former President Bill Clinton endorsed the mayoral campaign of Wendy Greuel today, calling her a “smart, dedicated and creative problem-solver.”

“She knows how to make government work for ordinary people, and she’s been doing it for decades, not only when times are good, but especially during periods of crisis,” Clinton said. “I saw that strength of Wendy’s first-hand in 1994.”

Greuel worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Clinton’s administration, and worked on the federal government response to the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Greuel, the Los Angeles city controller, will square off in a May 21 runoff election with City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

“President Clinton has been a role model for me of what strong leadership can mean in terms of creating jobs and building coalitions,” Greuel said. “This endorsement demonstrates the momentum we are determined to build through May 21.”