Mike Antonovich

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has held his seat representing northern L.A. County for almost 35 years. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
April 12, 2015

Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich won’t leave office until the end of next year. But the race to succeed him already has drawn seven candidates, with one high-profile elected official expected to join the field any day and another seriously considering running.

Given that this will be the first time in more than 35 years Antonovich won’t be on the ballot, some observers predict the number of hopefuls will at least double by the close of the candidate filing period early next year.

Thus far, the top-tier candidates for an officially nonpartisan seat are, like the termed-out Antonovich, Republicans, a testament to the sprawling 5th District’s status as a final GOP stronghold in an increasingly Democratic county.

Among those who’ve filed preliminary campaign paperwork with election officials is state Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), the minority floor leader. He kicked off his campaign Thursday with a news conference in Monrovia that emphasized his ties to the San Gabriel Valley, part of the district he and his wife have moved into so he can run.

Other GOP candidates are Kathryn Barger, a longtime Antonovich aide who has received the supervisor’s endorsement; Deputy Dist. Atty. Elan Carr, a social moderate who demonstrated a strong fundraising ability in a Westside congressional race last year and has since moved into the 5th District; and Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian, an attorney with deep roots in the area’s large, politically active Armenian community.

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