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)
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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