After informally announcing her run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January, Sheila Kuehl has officially launched her campaign to replace Zev Yaroslavsky when he is termed out next year. She is the first candidate to declare for the seat.
Kuehl is a former member of the state Assembly and Senate. She was the first female Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly and the first openly gay person to be elected to the state Legislature.
"This is going to be a campaign of ideas, combining innovation and experience, collaboration and leadership, continued attention to county stability as well as new approaches in some key areas, such as child welfare, healthcare, expanded transportation and environmental protection," Kuehl said in a statement.
The Board of Supervisors oversees a $24.7 billion budget that funds county hospitals, jails, children's services and mental health, among other departments. County supervisors also sit on the Metro Board of Directors.
The Third District stretches from L.A.'s Westside to the San Fernando Valley. Yaroslavsky has served since 1994. He is being termed out of office, as is fellow supervisor Gloria Molina.