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How the Kuehl-Shriver endorsement battle stacks up

Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are the leading candidates in the L.A. County Board of Supervisors race to replace the termed-out Zev Yaroslavsky.
Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are the leading candidates in the L.A. County Board of Supervisors race to replace the termed-out Zev Yaroslavsky. Shriver Campaign/Kuehl Campaign

Bobby Shriver scored the endorsement this week of former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, a name that might help the Los Angeles County Supervisor candidate win support in the San Fernando Valley portion of the Third District.

But in the battle to amass as many big political names as possible, rival candidate Sheila Kuehl appears to have a broader range of endorsements in the non-partisan race, especially with labor and political groups. Kuehl, who served 14 years in the state Assembly and Senate, lists dozens of names on her website. Shriver, a former Santa Monica City Councilman who served a term as mayor, does not list endorsements on his website, but his campaign provided the list below.

Kuehl has 10 current state legislators among her backers, including Senator Ted Lieu, who represents coastal cities and is running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Henry Waxman. There is considerable overlap on the Westside between the Congressional and Supervisor districts. 

Shriver has the endorsement of former Supervisor Ed Edelman, who represented the Third District from 1975-94, when he was succeeded by Zev Yaroslavsky, whose retirement created the open seat. And Shriver, whose mother is the late Eunice Kennedy, is expected to have visits from some members of the famous political clan.

Here's how the two main candidates' endorsements stack up:

Los Angeles City Council members
Kuehl: Mike Bonin, Bob Blumenfield, Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson
Shriver: Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander, Tom LaBonge

Members of Congress:
Kuehl:  Karen Bass (D-Culver City), Julia Brownley (D-Ventura), Judy Chu (D-Pasadena)
Shriver: Tony Cardenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.; Shriver's cousin)

State legislators
Kuehl: Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg,  Senators Cathleen Galgiani, Loni Hancock, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Mark Leno, Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, Holly Mitchell, Fran Pavley and Lois Wolk. Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins.
Shriver: none so far

Political groups
Kuehl: Los Angeles County Democratic Party, EMILY's List, Latino Democrats of Los Angeles County, Stonewall Democratic Club, National Organization for Women, Americans for Democratic Action, Southern California Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains,
West Hollywood Beverly Hills Democratic Club.
Shriver: Los Angeles  County Young Democrats

Business groups
Kuehl: none so far.
Shriver: Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (LA Jobs PAC), Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Realtors Association

Labor
Kuehl: United Teachers of Los Angeles, California Federation of Teachers
California Nurses Association, Communication Workers of America Southern California Council, United Food and Commercial Workers local 770, AFT College Staff Guild Los Angeles,Local 1521A, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1277, California Association of Professional Employees, National Union of Healthcare Workers
Shriver: International Longshore and Warehouse Union 13

 

 

 

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