West Hollywood Councilman John Duran may not be considered a frontrunner for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, but his campaign received a boost Thursday when he won the endorsement of the Los Angeles Times.
Duran is an attorney who has served on the West Hollywood City Council since 2001. He also serves on the boards of AIDS Project Los Angeles and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.
The L.A. Times backed Duran, in part, because the editorial board said he would bring a fresh perspective to the five-member Board of Supervisors.
"Duran gets the nod because he is also the one most likely to lead the county toward new and better ways of thinking about and doing its business," according to the endorsement.
Other candidates running for the Third District include former state legislator Sheila Kuehl, former Santa Monica Councilman/Mayor Bobby Shriver and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich.
Other endorsements this week:
- Bobby Shriver picked up some support in the San Fernando Valley from L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian and Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian.
- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed Neel Kashkari for governor. "Neel’s focus on uniting Californians around fiscally conservative economic principles is the right message to help us grow the Republican Party in California and across the nation. I’m proud to stand with him in this important race," she said in a statement.
- Republican Pete Peterson, a candidate for secretary of state, was backed by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. "Peterson ... shows the best grasp of how to use technology to improve both functions of the Secretary of State’s Office," according to the endorsement. Peterson, who runs the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University, has also been endorsed by the L.A. Times.