Eng­lan­der to en­ter race

L.A. coun­cil­man will run for the county Board of Su­per­vi­sors seat be­ing va­cated by Michael Antonovich.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Jean Merl jean.merl@la­times.com

Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil­man Mitchell Eng­lan­der said Tues­day he will run for an open seat on the county Board of Su­per­vi­sors next year.

“I look at this ul­ti­mately as a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue what I do [on the City Coun­cil] and do more for more peo­ple,” Eng­lan­der said dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view with The Times.

Eng­lan­der’s de­ci­sion, which he said he will an­nounce elec­tron­i­cally Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ends weeks of spec­u­la­tion about his plans and adds his name to a grow­ing list of can­di­dates hop­ing to suc­ceed 5th Dis­trict Su­per­vi­sor Michael D. Antonovich. Antonovich must step down af­ter 36 years on the board be­cause of term lim­its.

A strong fundraiser who is well-known in his cor­ner of the sprawl­ing dis­trict, Eng­lan­der could be a for­mi­da­ble can­di­date.

The 44-year-old, who lives in the north­west San Fer­nando Val­ley sub­urb of Granada Hills, was re­elected in March to a sec­ond four-year term on the City Coun­cil. He is the only Repub­li­can on the 15-mem­ber coun­cil.

Although he had no op­po­nent in the March mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion, the city fire­fight­ers union and a bill­board com­pany spent money in­de­pen­dently in sup­port of his cam­paign.

A re­serve LAPD of­fi­cer, Eng­lan­der has chaired the city’s Public Safety Com­mit­tee and re­ceived the back­ing of the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Protective League in the past.

Com­pe­ti­tion for the 5th Dis­trict seat is ex­pected to be in­tense.

Seven other hope­fuls al­ready have filed fundrais­ing no­tices — the first for­mal step to be­com­ing a can­di­date.

They in­clude state Sen. Robert Huff (R-Di­a­mond Bar), who has moved into the dis­trict; Antonovich’s top deputy, Kathryn Barger; county pros­e­cu­tor Elan Carr and Glen­dale City Coun­cil­man Ara Na­jar­ian.

All are Repub­li­cans, run­ning for an of­fi­cially non­par­ti­san seat in a largely sub­ur­ban dis­trict that tilts to­ward the GOP.

Billy Malone, a mem­ber of the Al­tadena Town Coun­cil; Palm­dale busi­ness­man Raj Pal Kahlon, a Demo­crat who ran against Antonovich four years ago, and South Pasadena en­gi­neer/ busi­ness­man Alan S. Reynolds, who ran in the pri­mary for state lieu­tenant gover­nor last year, also have filed fundrais­ing pa­per­work. Malone and Reynolds are not reg­is­tered with a po­lit­i­cal party.

The 5th Dis­trict is the least densely pop­u­lated and by far the largest ge­o­graph­i­cally of the county’s five su­per­vi­so­rial dis­tricts.

Its 2,800 square miles run from LaV­erne and San Di­mas on the east, through much of the San Gabriel Val­ley and foothill com­mu­ni­ties and parts of the San Fer­nando Val­ley and into the High Desert com­mu­ni­ties in the An­te­lope Val­ley.

Al Seib Los An­ge­les Times

MITCHELL ENG­LAN­DER, walk­ing with DWP Gen­eral Manager Mar­cie Ed­wards, is join­ing a crowded field for the 5th Dis­trict su­per­vi­so­rial seat.

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