How the June Ballot Is Shaping up in L.A. County

The field of those seeking to replace Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Congressman Henry Waxman is getting crowded.

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City News Service

The filing period for most offices in the June 3 primary election ends today, but the deadline will be extended to Wednesday for offices where eligible incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Offices where the deadline will be extended include sheriff, assessor and races for the House of Representatives in the the 33rd and 25th districts.

Filing closes today for the First and Third District seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with incumbents Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky barred from seeking re-election because of term limits.

Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, El Monte Councilman Juventino "J" Gomez and law enforcement officer April A. Saucedo Hood have filed to run for the First District seat held by Molina since 1991.

Eight people have been issued papers to run for the Third District seat held by Yaroslavsky since 1994, including former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich.

Lee Baca's resignation as sheriff has prompted 10 men to seek the office, including Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell, Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka, a former undersheriff, assistant sheriffs Todd Rogers and James Hellmold, former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted, former Lt. Patrick Gomez and Los Angeles police detective Lou Vince.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Thursday endorsed McDonnell for the sheriff's job, saying he is "the best choice to lead the Sheriff's Department into a new era."

West Hollywood Councilman Jeffrey Prang and Bell Councilman Nestor "Rick" Valencia are among the 12 people seeking to succeed Assessor John Noguez, who has been on a leave of absence since 2012 in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation that led to his being charged with 24 felony counts.

John Y. Wong, who finished second behind Noguez in the 2010 election, is making another run to head the office responsible for establishing a taxable value for all county property subject to taxation.

Nineteen people have been issued papers to run for the 33rd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D- Beverly Hills. The most prominent candidates are Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, a fellow Democrat, and self- help author Marianne Williamson, who is running as an independent.

Former state Sen. Tony Strickland, and Sen. Steve Knight, both Republicans, are attempting to succeed the retiring Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in the 25th District, which includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys and portions of Ventura County.

The June 3 ballot will also include primaries for governor, seven other statewide offices, four seats on the Board of Equalization, all of California's 53 congressional seats, 20 of the 40 state Senate seats and all 80 seats in the Assembly.

The state and congressional offices will be contested under the "top two" system for the second time. Under terms of Proposition 14, approved by voters in 2010, all candidates running for congressional, legislative and statewide offices, regardless of party, will appear on a single ballot. The top two finishers will advance to the November general election.

Proposition 14 also gives candidates the right to decline to have their party affiliations stated on the ballot.

venicebeachpress.com March 08, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Westwood NC Boardmember and LA City Council candidate Mark Matthew Herd is also running. www.voteherd.com as the Libertarian candidate.
venicebeachpress.com March 09, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Green party also has a candidate running and Brent Roske (independant) is running. Williamson (independent) and Herd (Libertarian) are both good picks.
Douglas Fay March 09, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Doug Fay is a third generation Santa Monica Bay environmentalist. "Without a healthy environment you will never truly have a healthy economy. The career politicians that have gotten us into this mess most certainly won't get us out." Doug Fay for LA County 3rd District Supervisor is the only candidate that stands for political reform. I'm not accepting campaign contributions or lobbying for endorsements. I'm not independently wealthy. I'm a working class family man. All I ask for is your vote. If elected, I will serve with integrity. I fix problems not create them. The choice is yours.
Lorelei Shark April 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I support Marianne Williamson because she reflects my values. I want my country back. I want my kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities that I had and that my parents had, but they don't and it's getting worse daily. SCOTUS and the Oligarchs have gutted citizen's basic rights. The legislature is creating circumstances which harm middle America and the poor. We the people need to regain control of our country. The only way we can do this is to put new people, with an agenda for the people, in power. I understand the skepticism, because politicians are not us and can't be trusted. They lie and do what's right for their backers and themselves. This is exactly why I'm supporting Marianne Williamson, because she is not that politician. She truly cares about the travesties occurring in our country and has chosen to focus her energy on this election. One which could put her in Washington, to represent us as an independent spirit and a force of power, to fight against the status quo. Because celebrities know and admire her, isn't a negative, it means they support her views also. Some are willing to produce and/or perform in an event - a way for her to raise money for a her campaign. Her war chest consists of $2600 maximum contribution per person. She will not take the big money because she wants to make this a people's campaign. She doesn't have the money of a Ted Lieu nor Wendy Greuel, but she has much more to offer than either of them will ever have, a no-strings attached, rational look at our country's modus operendi. Most of all, she has love in her heart, for all of us, which empowers her to stand up and for fight for us. That's why I'm going to the polls on June 3rd and casting my vote for Marianne Williamson to represent me in Washington. No, I'm not attached to her campaign. I just believe that if we keep sending the same people to represent us - how can we expect anything to change. PLEASE VOTE on JUNE 3rd. Have a voice in your government. It's more powerful than any amount of money... it's the only true power we have.
Arthur Christopher Schaper April 16, 2014 at 06:03 PM
I am beginning to wonder -- will there be a Miller effect in the 33rd? -- i.e all these dems and libs puling apart the vote, that a GOP and an Indie take the top two spots?


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