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Huff eyes seat on LA Board of Supervisors

Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, with Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, talk to reporters in January at the state Capitol. Huff has taken steps to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, with Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, talk to reporters in January at the state Capitol. Huff has taken steps to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, is taking steps to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a spokesman said late Monday.

Huff has filed preliminary paperwork with the county indicating he plans to seek the 5th District seat of Republican Mike Antonovich, who is stepping down next year because of terms limits.

The 5th district stretches across the Antelope Valley and runs down through Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena. Huff currently resides in Republican Supervisor Don Knabe’s 4th district, to the south, so a move is in the offing.

“We hope to have a formal announcement about his intentions sometime in the future,” Huff spokesman Peter DeMarco said.

DeMarco stressed that the move will not alter the state Senate’s succession plans, which call for Huff to relinquish his leadership post to GOP Sen. Jean Fuller on Oct. 31.

The five-member county board has long been viewed as a prized political landing pad given its influence over how services are delivered and money allocated in the state’s most populous county. Each supervisor represents about 2 million people.

Last year, former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis returned to Los Angeles to succeed fellow Democrat Gloria Molina in the 1st district. Former Democratic Sen. Sheila Kuehl won a tight race over ex-Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver to claim the 3rd district seat.

Several Republicans have indicated plans to run for Knabe’s seat in next year’s primary election, including Elan Carr, who last year proved himself a strong fundraiser in losing the westside congressional race to Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu.

Also seeking the Antonovich seat is the supervisor’s longtime aide Kathryn Barger, who has the endorsement of her boss. The voter makeup in the 5th district is about 31.2 percent Republican, 40.2 percent Democratic, and 23 percent no-party preference.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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