Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

Huff, who is the Senate’s minority leader, has submitted a so-called “501” form, which must be filed with county election officials before a candidate can begin raising money for a campaign.

Huff is not running for the 4th District, which includes his home base, but for the 5th District seat, which stretches from the San Gabriel Valley, through Glendale, to the Antelope Valley.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the 5th District, and Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the 4th District, both must leave office next year because of term limits and they are the only two Republicans on the five-member board, which is officially nonpartisan.

Demographics have been shifting in both districts but more markedly in Knabe’s, and Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn of San Pedro has been widely considered a top contender since announcing her candidacy for the board this year.

Election law requires supervisor candidates to live in the district they seek to represent, so Huff would need to move from his state Senate district in order to run. A spokesman for prosecutor Elan Carr, another Republican seeking the Antonovich seat, said recently that Carr is moving into the district from the Westside.

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