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Candidates' tweets duel for Santa Monica mayor's affections

Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, both Santa Monica residents, are vying for the Board of Supervisors district that includes the beach city.
Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, both Santa Monica residents, are vying for the Board of Supervisors district that includes the beach city. Shriver Campaign/Kuehl Campaign

Now that two of her residents are running against each other for county supervisor, has Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor ever been more popular? 

It was just a week ago that former Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver announced he would run for the Board of Supervisors' Third District seat, which incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky is being termed out from.

As Shriver was making his announcement, another candidate and lifelong Santa Monica resident, Sheila Kuehl, sent out an e-mail blast touting her support from the beach city's elected officials. 

Included on that list was O'Connor, who actually served with Shriver during his time on the council. 

"Sheila Kuehl is the absolute best choice for L.A. County Supervisor, and I am proud to support her," O'Connor said in a statement from the Kuehl campaign. 

Which brings us to this week. O'Connor gave her State of the City address Monday under the Cirque du Soleil tent. Shriver was so impressed with the speech he tweeted out this message:

Four hours later, the Kuehl campaign made it clear, via Twitter, that only one candidate has the support of the Santa Monica mayor: 

It's worth remembering that the city of Santa Monica is just one part of the vast Third District. The district has two million residents and stretches from Malibu to Agoura Hills, up to Sylmar, out to Silver Lake and down to parts of Venice. 

And for what it's worth, neither of the two other candidates — West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran or former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich — tweeted about O'Connor or her speech. 

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