The candidates for Los Angeles County Supervisor met Thursday evening for a debate in the race to fill the seat of outgoing Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the county's Third District.
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Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl and former Southern California mayors Bobby Shriver, John Duran and Pamela Ulich are competing for the Board of Supervisors seat after Yaroslavsky's final term.
He has represented the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles' Westside and a coastal area from Malibu to Santa Monica for two decades.
About the Candidates
John Duran: Duran has served in the city of West Hollywood -- both as mayor and council member -- since 2001. Duran, who practices law in LA County, earned a Business Administration degree from CSU Long Beach and law degree from Western State University.
"I categorize myself as a pro-business democrat, that’s one of the keys to my city’s success is being pro-business, building a local economy, so that we’re able to gather the taxes to promote some very liberal social services," John Duran said.
Sheila Kuehl: She served for eight years in the State Senate and six in the State Assembly, representing LA's Westside and parts of the San Fernando Valley. Kuehl termed-out in 2008 before becoming a Regents' Professor in Public Policy at UCLA in 2012. Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School.
"Since my 20s, I’ve compiled a lifetime of work as a women’s right, civil rights attorney, law professor, and then of course in the assembly and in the senate, and amassed a deep and broad understanding of all the issues during that time," Sheila Kuehl said. "Healthcare, human services, the safety net, transportation, foster kids, the jails, juvenile justice, environmental protection."
Bobby Shriver: A late entry into the race, Shriver is a former mayor of Santa Monica and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He co-founded the ONE Campaign, which organizes members to fight poverty and disease in Africa. He also was a member of the California State Park and Recreation Commission from 2001 to 2008. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.
"I’m a progressive problem solver, I think that’s what people want, those are my values in my life, my daughters live here, I want to work for them, I want to work for you and I’m asking for your vote," Bobby Shriver said.
Pamela Conley Ulich: The former mayor of Malibu was born in Kansas and moved to California when she was 18. She graduated from UC San Diego and went on to serve as legal counsel for the Directors and Screen Actors guilds.
"If you want a supervisor who is fiscally conservative, is driven by family values and who will be a challenge to the system, then I am your candidate," Pamela Ulrich said.