The first in a series of meetings seeking public comment on a bid by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for a second term saw a light turnout Wednesday night.
Kuehl had 34.99 percent of votes, while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver trailed behind with 29.88 percent, according to numbers on the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website.
Bob Filner ended his brief but tumultuous tenure as mayor Friday amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has postponed a vote Tuesday to put a measure on the November ballot that would enable supervisors to stay in office for up to 20 years. As of 2002, supervisors have been limited to three four-year terms.
District Attorney Steve Cooley announced Tuesday that he will not run for another term.