Former Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday endorsed Sen. Holly Mitchell in her bid for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
“Holly Mitchell has been a real leader on behalf of the people of Los Angeles,” Brown said in a statement released by Mitchell’s campaign. “She’s negotiated state budgets, championed criminal justice reform and fought to make government work better for everyone — I’m glad to endorse her for Los Angeles County supervisor.”
Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, said the endorsement was special, as she highlighted her focus on working families, job creation and criminal justice. She said Brown had signed more than 65 bills she authored or supported.
“Working with the former governor to keep the people a priority during financial uncertainty was an indelible experience that has made me a stronger leader,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell is also endorsed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and labor leader Dolores Huerta, among others.
She is campaigning to replace Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents the county’s Second District and will be termed out in 2020.
Other candidates for that seat include Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, former Los Angeles City Council member Jan Perry, civil rights activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson and community advocate Sharis Rhodes.
Wesson is endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Janice Hahn, among others.
Perry’s endorsements include former Supervisor Gloria Molina and former Los Angeles City Council member and police Chief Bernard Parks.
Ridley-Thomas has been fundraising for a bid for Wesson’s city council seat in 2020.
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