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LA Politics: In race to replace Yaroslavsky, Greuel is out, Shriver is in

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Wendy Greuel, who lost her bid to be mayor of Los Angeles last year, has decided against running for a seat on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Greuel had to been considering a run to succeed Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is termed out of office at the end of the year.

“Though I am deeply grateful for the incredible support and encouragement to run, I have decided against running,” she said in a statement Thursday. “Simply put, the timing was not right for me, and I felt it was important to go with my gut.”

Greuel, 52, said she’s still interested in electoral politics. “I look forward to running for office in the future, when the time is right.” She previously held a seat on the L.A. City Council and served as City Controller.

Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl has already declared for Yaroslavsky's post. Kuehl already has raised nearly $500,000 for the campaign. In 1994, she was the first openly gay person to be elected to the California legislature.

Kuehl may not have to face Gruel, but she will have to contend with another prominent political name: Bobby Shriver. 

The former Santa Monica mayor is a son of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver — sister of President John F. Kennedy —  and the brother of Maria Shriver, the estranged wife of former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

Shriver this week filed the necessary paperwork to begin raising money. He has yet to formally announce his candidacy but has a website that indicates he is running. 

Yaroslavsky represents the 3rd District on the five-member board. The Westside district stretches from Santa Monica to the San Fernando Valley. The board controls a $25 billion budget and oversees public hospitals, the foster care system, the probation department and an array of other social services in the county. It also determines funding for the Sheriff’s department.

Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich and West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran are also candidates.

The primary election for the non-partisan office is in June. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Zev Yaroslavsky represents L.A. County's 2nd district. 

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