County of­fi­cial eye­ing run for Se­nate

Su­per­vi­sor Michael D. Antonovich, who is termed out, may en­ter race for the out­go­ing Carol Liu’s seat.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Abby Sewell abby.sewell@la­times.com

Los An­ge­les County Su­per­vi­sor Michael D. Antonovich said Thurs­day that he is con­sid­er­ing a run for the state Se­nate seat held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flin­tridge).

Both of­fi­cials will be forced out of their cur­rent seats by term lim­its next year.

Antonovich, 75, has rep­re­sented the north­ern reaches of the county since 1980. His dis­trict, which in­cludes the An­te­lope Val­ley, parts of the San Gabriel Val­ley, Pasadena and Glen­dale, over­laps with Liu’s 25th state Se­nate dis­trict. He pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented por­tions of the dis­trict in the state As­sem­bly.

Antonovich is one of two Repub­li­cans on the county board.

Reg­is­tered Democrats out­num­ber Repub­li­cans in Liu’s dis­trict — 41% of vot­ers are Democrats and 30% are Repub­li­cans. The field shap­ing up for the 2016 race has been dom­i­nated by Democrats, in­clud­ing for­mer As­sem­bly­man An­thony Por­tantino and cur­rent As­sem­bly­man Mike Gatto of Glen­dale.

Antonovich said he be­lieves a Repub­li­can can win the seat. “The peo­ple are go­ing to vote based on who rep­re­sents them best, and I have an ef­fec­tive record rep­re­sent­ing the area.”

If he pur­sues the seat, Antonovich said, he would fo­cus on rein­ing in spend­ing, cre­at­ing jobs, ex­pand­ing men­tal health ser­vices and im­prov­ing public safety. The lat­ter he said would in­clude rolling back leg­is­la­tion that shifted re­spon­si­bil­ity for jail­ing and mon­i­tor­ing many non­vi­o­lent felons from the state to coun­ties.

He said he ex­pects to make a de­ci­sion about the race in the next month.

Be­cause of term lim­its ap­proved by vot­ers in 2002, the five-mem­ber county board is in the midst of a ma­jor shift for the first time in decades. Long­time Su­per­vi­sors Zev Yaroslavsky and Glo­ria Molina were re­placed last year by for­mer state law­maker Sheila Kuehl and for­mer U.S. Sec­re­tary of La­bor Hilda So­lis, re­spec­tively.

Along with Antonovich, Su­per­vi­sor Don Kn­abe will be forced out of of­fice next year.

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