L.A. County supervisors face little opposition to reelection in June
The lone challenger, Raj Pal Kahlon, 49, will run against Michael D. Antonovich, 72, a Republican incumbent from Glendale who will seek his ninth term as supervisor. Antonovich has held his post since Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980. A second potential challenger failed to complete the required election paperwork.
Antonovich represents northern L.A. County, including the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Burbank and the northern San Gabriel Valley, including Pasadena, Alhambra, San Gabriel, San Marino, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas and La Verne.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 57, a Democrat from Leimert Park, will run unopposed for his second term. Real estate agent Antonio Alvarez, who won less than 4% of the vote when he ran against Ridley-Thomas in 2008, did not complete paperwork to run in this election.
Ridley-Thomas represents Culver City and the South L.A. area, including the cities of Compton, Carson, Gardena, Lynwood, Hawthorne and Inglewood.
Supervisor Don Knabe, a Republican from Cerritos, drew no challengers for his U-shaped district, which stretches from Marina del Rey through the South Bay to Torrance and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and then back north through Long Beach, Lakewood, Norwalk, Downey, Whittier, Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar.
Knabe, 68, was first elected in 1996.
Both Knabe and Antonovich are running for their final terms, a result of term limits approved by voters in 2002 that limit supervisors to three consecutive four-year terms. The 12-year term limit was endorsed by 64% of voters in that election.
The other two supervisors are ineligible for reelection when their terms expire in 2014. They are Gloria Molina, 63, who has represented eastern L.A. County since 1991, and Zev Yaroslavsky, also 63, who has represented the Westside and the San Fernando Valley since 1994.
Last year, a majority of the supervisors approved a redistricting map that largely kept the two-decade-old boundaries intact. They rejected a proposal championed by Molina and Ridley-Thomas that would have carved out a second Latino-majority district that would have either drawn Knabe or Yaroslavsky into a new Latino-dominated district.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Jason Song at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
Photo: L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich tends to the ceremonial duty of handing out board proclamations before the start of a meeting in January. Fellow supervisors Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky, left, look on. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times