Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, announced her candidacy for the Fourth District seat held by Don Knabe on Feb. 18, 2015, saying she could “do more for the Los Angeles region on the Board of Supervisors” than in Congress because “Washington is broken” and “increasingly mired in political gridlock and there’s virtually zero cooperation between the two parties.”
Knabe has endorsed his senior deputy Steve Napolitano, a former Manhattan Beach mayor. Napolitano said he is running “to rethink, reinvent and re-engage L.A. County.”
“I’m running to keep our neighborhoods safe, promote jobs and economic growth, protect our environment and make L.A. County work better, smarter and harder for all of us,” Napolitano said.
Former Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin is also running, seeking to become the first Asian American and openly gay man on the board.
“I believe we are at a critical time for Los Angeles County and we need leadership that will reflect the spirit of partnership, independence from special interests and most importantly accountability and commitment to the people of Los Angeles County,” Gin said in declaring his candidacy on Feb. 18, 2015.
The district runs from Diamond Bar in the northeast, east to Downey, south to Long Beach, includes the Harbor and much of the South Bay area, continuing north to Marina Del Rey.
Knabe has represented the district since 1996.
Hahn’s decision to run for the Board of Supervisors prompted state Sen. Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, to run for Hahn’s congressional seat and former Assemblyman Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, to run for Hall’s Senate seat.
Former Hermosa Beach Councilwoman Nanette Barragan and a criminal defense attorney and a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, and novelist Bill Orton, all Democrats, and Republican Christopher Castillo, who describes himself as an “average blue collar American worker,” are also running for Hahn’s congressional seat.
With County Supervisor Mike Antonovich barred from running for re- election for his Fifth District seat on the board, his chief deputy, Kathryn Barger, Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr, Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, state Sen. Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian have announced their candidacies.
In the other seat on the nonpartisan Board of Supervisors to be contested in June, Mark Ridley-Thomas is not expected to face serious opposition in his bid for a third and final term.
If no candidate in a Board of Supervisors race receives a majority vote in the primary, the top two finishers will meet in a runoff in November.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey will seek a second term in the June primary.
The June 7 ballot will also include primaries for president, the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer, who is not seeking re-election, all of California’s 53 congressional seats, 20 of the 40 state Senate seats and all 80 seats in the Assembly.
The state and congressional offices will be contested under the “top two” system for the third time.
Under terms of Proposition 14, approved by voters in 2010, all candidates running for congressional, legislative and statewide offices, regardless of party, will appear on a single ballot. The top two finishers will advance to the November general election.
Proposition 14 also gives candidates the right to decline to have their party stated on the ballot.
The filing period will close March 11, but will be extended to March 16 for offices where no incumbent files, except for those where the incumbent cannot seek re-election because of term limits.
—City News Service