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LA Chamber of Commerce backs Shriver in supervisor race

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Citing his “background in business,” the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday announced its endorsement of Bobby Shriver in the Westside race for a seat on the powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors. Shriver faces former state Senator Sheila Kuehl and five others in the contest.

“As an entrepreneur and co-founder of several global organizations, Bobby knows the difficulties of making a business thrive and the importance of job creation,” Chamber President Gary Toebben said in a statement.

The chamber noted Shriver co-founded (RED), an organization that partners with the private sector, raising $240 million to fight poverty and disease.  

Toebben added the chamber believes Shriver "will keep the County on the fiscally responsible track." The chamber endorsed the former Santa Monica councilman and mayor through its political arm, the L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee.

A spokesman for the chamber said the organization has yet to decide whether it will spend money on advertising for Shriver. Two independent expenditure committees have been launched to raise money for Shriver's campaign. 

“This confirms Bobby Shriver is the candidate of downtown business interests,” Kuehl political consultant Parke Skelton said. “It's where he is aligned.

Kuehl, on the other hand, is supported by the LA County Democratic Party, Skelton noted. The party announced its endorsement last week.

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