Santa Monica Lookout
|Major Seats on the Line in June 3 Election||
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By Jonathan Friedman
The contest for County supervisor features eight people competing for the seat that has been occupied by Zev Yaroslavsky since 1994. He is not running again due to term limits.
Political observers say the front-runners are former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver and former State legislator Sheila Kuehl, although West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran may have picked up some steam after receiving what some people considered to be a surprise endorsement from the Los Angeles Times. Also running is former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich.
Among the endorsements that have been issued in this race are four Santa Monica City Council members for Shriver, three Santa Monica council members for Kuehl, the Santa Monica Democratic Club and Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) for Kuehl and the Los Angeles Daily News for Shriver.
The contest for the 33rd Congressional District is a much-talked-about one due to the fact that incumbent Henry Waxman announced he would not run for another term after having been in office since 1975. Eighteen candidates are in the field, including former Los Angeles City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu.
Political observers expect Greuel and Lieu, both Democrats, to be the top two vote-getters in the primary and meet in a one-on-one battle in November.
Among those backing Lieu are Santa Monica Councilmembers Ted Winterer, Kevin McKeown and Tony Vazquez.
State Senate Race
As Lieu seeks a post in the federal government, his state Senate seat will be up for grabs in a contest featuring seven Democrats and one independent candidate.
Among those running for the position are local Board of Education member Ben Allen, former state Assemblymember Betsy Butler and Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth.
Also in the race is attorney Sandra Fluke, who gained national attention in 2012 when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a negative name for females following her testimony to a Congressional committee about including birth control in insurance plans.
Allen, a Democrat, received the endorsement last week from the Santa Monica Democratic Club. He also received the backing of SMRR in March and has the support of five Santa Monica council members
Other Items on the Ballot
Assemblymember Bloom, a Democrat, is also on the ballot for his bid to serve another two-year term. His lone opponent is Republican Bradley Torgan, so both candidates will advance to the General Election. Political observers expect Bloom to win in November.
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