Hahn, Carr score ma­jor endorsements

Los Angeles Times - - THE WEATHER - By Jean Merl jean.merl@la­times.com

Two can­di­dates seek­ing dif­fer­ent seats on the Los An­ge­les County Board of Su­per­vi­sors got some big po­lit­i­cal endorsements this week: For­mer Los An­ge­les Mayor Richard Rior­dan, a Repub­li­can, is sup­port­ing Rep. Jan­ice Hahn (D-San Pe­dro), and a lead­ing law en­force­ment group is back­ing Deputy Dist. Atty. Elan Carr.

The Hahn cam­paign an­nounced Wed­nes­day that Rior­dan chose her over two Repub­li­cans in the race to suc­ceed Su­per­vi­sor Don Kn­abe, also a Repub­li­can, who must leave the board next year due to term lim­its.

“Los An­ge­les County needs ex­pe­ri­enced and proven lead­ers like Jan­ice Hahn on the Board of Su­per­vi­sors,” Rior­dan said in a state­ment is­sued by the Hahn cam­paign, adding, “I know she will make an out­stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the res­i­dents of the 4th Dis­trict.”

Also run­ning are for­mer Re­dondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin and for­mer Man­hat­tan Beach Mayor Steve Napoli­tano, a se­nior aide to Kn­abe. The su­per­vi­sor has not said whether he will en­dorse any can­di­date in the race.

Carr scored the back­ing Tues­day of the inf lu­en­tial Peace Of­fi­cers Re­search Assn. of Cal­i­for­nia, which bills it­self as the state’s largest law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion with more than 67,000 mem­bers.

Carr is one in a crowded field of early can­di­dates vy­ing to suc­ceed long­time Repub­li­can Su­per­vi­sor Michael D. Antonovich, who is also termed out next year.

The race for Antonovich’s seat is con­sid­ered wide open so far, with Carr among sev­eral first-tier can­di­dates, all Repub­li­cans.

The back­ing of the law en­force­ment group could be im­por­tant for Carr as he tries to pull away from a field that also in­cludes state Sen. Robert Huff of Di­a­mond Bar, the Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader; Kathryn Barger, Antonovich’s chief of staff; and Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil­man Mitchell Eng­lan­der, a strong fundraiser who is well-known in the north­west­ern San Fer­nando Val­ley. Antonovich has en­dorsed Barger.

Mar­shall McClain, direc­tor of the law en­force­ment group’s Los An­ge­les South chap­ter, cited Carr’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a pros­e­cu­tor. “More than ever we need a crime fighter on the Board of Su­per­vi­sors,” McClain said in a state­ment re­leased by the Carr cam­paign.

Other early can­di­dates in the race to suc­ceed Antonovich in­clude Al­tadena Town Coun­cil mem­ber Bill Malone, Demo­cratic busi­ness­man Raj Pal Kahlon of Palm­dale and South Pasadena en­gi­neer and busi­ness­man Alan S. Reynolds. Malone and Reynolds are not af­fil­i­ated with a po­lit­i­cal party.

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