Santa Monica Lookout
|Shriver’s In and Greuel’s Out of the Race for L.A. County Supervisor||
By Jason Islas
January 10, 2013 -- Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel is out of the race to sit on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver is in.
Greuel, who recently lost her bid to be the first female mayor of Los Angeles, announced Thursday that she would not enter the race to replace 3rd District County Supervisor Zev Yarslovsky who terms out this year after two decades in the position.
Her announcement comes about a week after Shriver -- nephew of late President John F. Kennedy -- made his much-anticipated entrance into the race when he filed a “candidate intention statement,” allowing him to begin raising funds to campaign.
As with Shriver, rumors swirled around Greuel’s potential candidacy for months as she mulled over whether to make a bid for a seat on the powerful five-person board, which governs a county that is home to 10 million people.
One of the four contenders for Yaroslavsky’s seat, West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran took to social media after Greuel’s announcement.
“Wendy Gruel announced she is NOT running for LA County Supervisor,” he posted on Facebook. “But I am and now welcome the fence sitters!”
As Duran suggests, Greuel’s announcement means that the candidate field is set and, with the June primary less than six months away, the race can begin in earnest.
Duran told The Lookout Friday that Greuel's decision means that "the support of both business and labor is wide open for any of us."
A major rivalry that appears to be emerging is between Shriver and former State lawmaker Sheila Kuehl. ("Santa Monica’s Sheila Kuehl Racks Up Cash, Endorsements in County Race," January 6)
Hours before Greuel made her announcement, Kuehl’s campaign -- spearheaded by veteran political consultant Parke Skelton -- sent out a message to supporters about Shriver.
The message goes on to emphasize Kuehl’s accomplishments during her 14 years in Sacramento.
Both Shriver and Kuehl have strong ties to Santa Monica, the town they both call home and, with more than 63,000 registered voters in the city, one of the major battlegrounds in the race for County Supervisor.
Kuehl has worked closely with Santa Monica College, where she founded the school's Public Policy Institute after her stint in Sacramento.
While on the Council, Shriver positioned himself as an advocate for homeless people, even signing on to a 2005 ACLU lawsuit against the Veterans Administration for failing to build housing for veterans on its West L.A. campus.
Still, Duran believes he can compete with Kuehl and Shriver in their hometown.
"I am not conceding Santa Monica to Kuehl and Shriver," he said. "My values are consistent with many voters in Santa Monica as well.”
With about 2 million people in L.A. County’s 3rd District -- which stretches from Santa Monica and Venice Beach to San Fernando and Koreatown -- candidates will have to raise significant money to get their messages out.
Duran told The Lookout that 30 days into his campaign, he has raised about $50,000. Kuehl, who has been campaigning since March, has collected nearly half-a-million dollars. ("West Hollywood Councilmember Wants to Bring Grassroots Government to L.A. County," January 8)
Kuehl said that Greuel’s decision won’t change her campaign since she wants to focus on her accomplishments and keep the tone “very positive.”
“Wendy would have been a formidable opponent,” Kuehl said. “I have always respected her and her work and I’m anxious to see what she does next.”
Shriver echoed Kuehl’s sentiments.
“Wendy Greuel has dedicated her life to public service,” Shriver told The Loookout Thursday. “She would have been a serious candidate for Supervisor. But, I know, that she will continue to contribute to L.A. and Los Angeles County in incredible ways.”
Former Malibu Mayor Pam Ulich, who is also running for Supervisor, applauded Greuel for considering a run.
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