KPCC's Larry Mantle moderated a debate among candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors district 5 seat. ; Credit: Quincy Surasmith/KPCC
The most important vote those in LA County will cast this June is arguably NOT one for president, but for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Two longtime Republican members step down from the Board this year, a result of term limits passed in 2002 limiting supervisors to three terms of four years. Board member Mike Antonovich has served since 1980 and his fellow conservative Don Knabe since 1996.
The Board’s influence cannot be overstated. It is felt throughout Southern California. They manage a $28 billion budget, run the nation’s largest jail and foster care systems and the second-largest public health system in the country. And while the five-member board is officially non-partisan, Antonovich and Knabe’s departure could open the door to a continued shift leftward of the powerful panel’s politics. That would be the first liberal “supermajority” on the board in modern history, although another Republican will likely fill Antonovich’s seat.
LA Councilman Mitch Englander, Antonovich’s chief of staff Kathryn Barger, state Senator Bob Huff, prosecutor Elan Carr and former Mayor of Glendale Ara Najarian and Entrepreneur Darrell Park are all vying for the contested position. Join "AirTalk" host, Larry Mantle for a lively debate with these top fundraising candidates. Hear about their plans for the vacated seat and for some of the seemingly intractable issues that face Los Angeles County.
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Kathryn Barger, Chief Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
Elan Carr, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney
Mitch Englander, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing District 12, which occupies the Northwest San Fernando Valley
Bob Huff, California State Senator, he has represented Los Angeles County in the state legislature since 2004
Ara Najarian, Glendale City Councilmember and former Mayor of Glendale, 2007 to 2016 (term ended in April)
Darrell Park, Former White House office of Management and Budget Staffer, 1994-2004
AirTalk chose the top 6 fundraising candidates running for District 5 to participate in this debate.
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