Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Candidates for the Los Angeles County 5th Supervisorial District seat prepare to debate at the Community Church in Pasadena in April. From left are Kathryn Barger, Elan Carr, Mitchell Englander, Bob Huff, Ara Najarian and Darrell Park. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
MAy 16, 2016

Unions representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have pumped at least $800,000 into an independent expenditure committee supporting Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in her bid to replace him.

Campaign finance statements posted Monday show that the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and Los Angeles County Firefighter Local 1014 have each contributed $400,000 to the outside committee set up to support Barger.

The committee, First Responders Supporting Barger for Supervisor 2016, reported spending about $328,000 as of last week on consultants, mailers and radio and television ads.

The outside money could give Barger a boost into the runoff in the hotly contested race. Eight candidates are running to succeed Antonovich, who will be forced out by term limits at the end of the year.

Barger is facing off against L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander, who has maintained a narrow lead in fundraising; prosecutor Elan Carr; state Sen. Bob Huff; Palmdale businessman Raj Pal Kahlon; Altadena Councilman Billy Malone; Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian; and entrepreneur Darrell Park.

The majority of the candidates are Republicans, including Barger. Park, Malone and Kahlon are Democrats.

Englander’s campaign fundraising committee reported raising $1.2 million as of last month, and Barger had raised a little more than $1 million.

Building trade unions, developers and other groups have contributed to an independent committee supporting Englander’s bid. That independent expenditure committee has so far reported raising $273,500.

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