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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/31/14, 9:53 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

Tuesday’s primary election for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to be among the most competitive in recent history.

Term limits imposed by voters back in 2002 have finally kicked in, forcing incumbents Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky off the ballot for the first time in about 20 years.

Three candidates are vying to replace Molina as supervisor of the county’s 1st District, which includes East L.A., Bell, El Monte, La Puente, West Covina, Baldwin Park, Pomona and Claremont.

Meanwhile, several candidates are jostling for Yaroslavsky’s 3rd District, which spans nearly the entire San Fernando Valley, as well as some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world — Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Malibu and the Pacific Palisades.

The race has been particularly fierce. Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver alone plans to spend at least $1.8 million on the campaign trail — $1 million of it from his own pocket.

Former state Senator and Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl has $1.2 million, as well as help from connections forged in Sacramento. West Hollywood Councilman John Duran’s war chest has only $400,000, but he has scored key endorsements, including that of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Shriver, Kuehl, Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Ulich have clashed in about 20 debates just in the last three months. Also on the ballot are former television producer Eric Preven, environmentalist Douglas Fay, math tutor Yuval Daniel Kremer and film industry lighting technician Rudy Melendez.

During a recent interview, Shriver expressed concern Kuehl’s age, saying, “If she’s 73 when she’s elected, then she’ll be 85 by the end of her third term. She seems like a vigorous person — mentally — but voters will have to see if she has the energy to run around the district.”

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