FROM Bobby Shriver
County Supervisors Debate: Kuehl and Shriver Here in our KCRW studios are the two candidates in next month’s runoff election for Zev Yaroslavsky’s seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors. He has termed out after 20 years as one of America’s most powerful local elected officials. The Board has just 5 members, who oversee a budget of $26 billion with 30 departments providing services including tax collection, health care, child welfare, fire control, beach safety and animal welfare. The 3rd District includes much of Los Angeles on both sides of the Santa Monica Mountains, 10 other cities and many square miles of unincorporated area. The candidates who survived the June primary are Sheila Kuehl, who spent 14 years as a state legislator in Sacramento, and Bobby Shriver, Santa Monica City Councilman for 8 years, including a term as Mayor. This one of a few debates they’ll have between now and November 4th, when voters to the polls.
The Race for One of LA's Most Powerful Elected Offices With a $25 billion budget, the five members of LA County's Board of Supervisors serve more people than all but seven states of the Union. For decades, they've been almost immune to electoral challenge, but voter-passed term limits are now in effect and major change is in store. Zev Yaroslavsky is termed out of the Third District seat he's held since 1994, setting up what could be an intense political battle. Today, former Santa Monica Councilman and Mayor Bobby Shriver jumped into the race. He's the former brother-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the nephew of John F. Kennedy. Former State Assemblywoman and Senator Sheila Kuehl announced her candidacy for Zev Yaroslavsky's seat last April. Before starting her political career, she was Zelda on TV's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. She then went to Harvard Law School, and was the first openly gay person elected to the state legislature.
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