Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Kathryn Barger, left, and Darrell Park, right, shown in April debate, will vie in November for supervisor seat being vacated after 36 years by Michael Antonovich. (Luis Sinco/ Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
July 1, 2016

After weeks in limbo, the November field is set in the race to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, with a political neophyte facing off against the incumbent’s chief of staff.

Antonovich aide Kathryn Barger took a commanding lead over the seven other candidates, with 30% of the vote, but the No. 2 spot in the runoff was too close to call in early results, with thousands of provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots remaining to be counted.

In the final vote count released Friday, entrepreneur Darrell Park landed in the second spot with a little more than 15% of the vote, beating out the third-place finisher, state Sen. Bob Huff, by 2,826 votes.

Park, a former White House Office of Budget and Management staffer and entrepreneur, had never run for political office before and was outmatched in fundraising by better-known candidates, including Barger and Huff.

The two presented starkly different political philosophies — Huff was the most conservative Republican in the officially nonpartisan race and Park the most liberal Democrat.

Barger is a moderate Republican who has garnered significant support from labor groups that typically support Democrats, but Park said he plans to continue emphasizing party in the campaign, anticipating a surge of Democratic turnout in November.

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