An L.A. city councilman from the San Fernando Valley is the latest politician to make known his intentions about a run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — and his announcement is...count him out!
Councilman Paul Krekorian released a statement Thursday saying, despite support from his constituents, he will not run for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's Third District seat next year.
"I am deeply humbled that so many neighborhood and civic leaders, business and labor representatives, environmental activists and others have encouraged me to run to succeed Zev Yaroslavsky," Krekorian said, "but at this time I have decided that I will not run for the supervisor's seat."
Yaroslavsky will be termed out of office next year, which means the race for his seat is wide open. Former state legislator Sheila Kuehl has officially filed papers to fundraise for the seat. She's also been busy picking up endorsements, including from former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Rep. Karen Bass and members of the Los Angeles City Council.
West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran is also considering a run for the seat. "I am inclined to run," he told the Los Angeles Times. "I’m smiling and dialing."
Former city controller, city councilwoman and and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel has previously said she's considering a run for the seat. Asked about it earlier this month, Greuel told KPCC to "wait and see" if she makes an announcement.
The race for the Board of Supervisor's First District will also be wide open with the retirement of Gloria Molina. Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is already raising money to run for that seat.
The primary for both races is set for June of next year.