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Bobby Shriver Expected to Announce L.A. County Supervisor Bid Tuesday

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By Jason Islas
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January 16, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver is expected to announce his bid for L.A. County Supervisor Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the campaign.

Tuesday’s announcement would put to rest months of speculation about the Shriver’s aspirations to replace outgoing L.A. County 3rd District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky who terms out at the end of the year.

Still, the announcement would only be a formality since Shriver, the nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, has already filed papers that allow him to begin fundraising.

And, the “Official Campaign for Bobby Shriver for Los Angeles County Supervisor” website is live, touting Shriver's record during his eight years on the Santa Monica City Council.

“In Santa Monica, my home for more than 20 years, I have worked to deliver first-class police and fire protection, clean up Santa Monica Bay and the beaches, create and maintain parks, and house the homeless, especially military veterans,” the site reads. “I am running for Los Angeles County Supervisor to continue this work.”

With the June primary less than six months away, Shriver’s formal announcement would allow him to begin openly campaigning to take over Yaroslavsky’s seat on the five-person Board of Supervisors, which oversees a $25 billion budget and a constituency of 10 million people.

About 2 million people live within Yaroslavsky’s district alone, which includes Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach and part of San Fernando.

Shriver, who won a seat on the City Council in 2004 by the largest margin of votes Santa Monica had seen in 20 years, was known during his time at City Hall as an advocate for homeless people, especially vets.

In 2005, he joined a lawsuit brought against the Veterans Administration (VA) by the ACLU because the federal agency had failed to build housing on its sprawling West Los Angeles campus.

In 2008, Shriver set records when he received he was reelected to the Council with the second largest vote tally in Santa Monica history.

But the fight to replace Yaroslavsky is likely to be a bumpy one.

Already former State legislator Sheila Kuehl, who has been campaigning for the position since March, has gone after Shriver.

Shortly after former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel -- long rumored to be considering a bid Supervisor -- officially announced she would not seek Yaroslavsky’s seat, Kuehl sent out an email blast to her supporters.

“However, while Wendy was announcing she was out, another candidate with the ability to fund his whole campaign by writing himself a check, Bobby Shriver, announced he was in,” Kuehl wrote Monday, referring to news that Shriver had filed papers with the County Registrar.

Kuehl, who was elected the State’s first openly-gay lawmaker in 1994, has campaigned on her record as a champion of public health issues.

Also vying for Yaroslavsky’s seat is West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran, an openly-gay man and criminal defense lawyer.

Rounding out the pool of candidates is former Malibu mayor Pam Ulich, backed by Team Love LA.

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