LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl gained an early lead in Tuesday’s race for one of two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Kuehl had 35.39 percent of votes in the election for the county’s third district seat with 10.97 percent of precincts reporting, while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver trailed behind with 29.82 percent, according to data on the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website.
Councilman John Duran came in third with 15.10 percent of tallied votes, followed by Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, environmentalist and automotive technician Doug Fay, film lighting technician Rudy Melendez, tutor Yuval Kremer and public watchdog Eric Preven, respectively.
Kuehl spoke with KCAL9’s Tom Wait after the release of early returns, noting the big difference in her campaign was “experience.”
“Experience doing state programs for 14 years in Sacramento I have said to people I think qualifies you to hit the ground running. And that’s really what’s needed when we’re going to have four out of five supervisors replaced in three years,” she said.
“I’m the only person that’s represented most of this district, so most of my votes had already voted for me. And you know, when they vote for you, they’re kind of invested in you,” she said.
KCAL9’s Randy Paige spoke with Shriver at his election night party, where the candidate spoke about his family’s long history of political activism.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been difficult, I mean I think the family was always competitive on issues,” he said, adding later, “I think everybody in the family is always motivated by injustice and bullying.”
“We react very strongly to injustice,” he said.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who has represented the third district for two decades, will term out in December. He did not endorse a successor.
The two candidates with the highest number of votes will move on to the run-off election.
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