Bob Hertzberg, Lindsey Horvath run for county supervisor

State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and West Hollywood City Councilman Lindsey Horvath face each other to become the Los Angeles County Supervisor representing the 3rd Circuit. Polling stations close at 8 p.m

The winner replaces Sheila Kuehl, 81, who is retiring after two terms, on a five-member board that oversees an annual budget of nearly $40 billion.

The 3rd District, which covers much of the San Fernando Valley and stretches along the coast from Santa Monica to Malibu, is the only board seat up for grabs.

In a decennial redistribution process, some conservative Valley communities, including Porter Ranch and Chatsworth, joined District 3 last year.

The candidates, both Democrats, have focused on three main issues: solving homelessness, protecting reproductive rights and portraying one another as closet Republicans.

Hertzberg, 67, first took office in 1996 — when Horvath was starting high school — when he was elected to the California Convention. He touts his bipartisan efforts to “get lawmakers from both sides to work across the aisle.”

Hertzberg rose to become speaker in 2000 and left the company in 2002 before running unsuccessfully for mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. He returned to office by winning a seat in the California Senate in 2014 and ending that year.

Horvath, 40, has been a member of the West Hollywood City Council since 2015, having served as an appointed member from 2009 to 2011.

Hertzberg has a strong base of support in the Valley, while Horvath has sought to distance herself from West Hollywood by removing any mention of the city’s name from her campaign website.

Horvath’s most tested move as a politician came in June, when she voted to cut the position of a West Hollywood sheriff’s deputy and add 30 unarmed safety ambassadors. The measure passed by a 3-2 vote but was criticized by many residents as a move to defund the police force.

Horvath recently said she does not support Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s re-election campaign and supports Measure A. If approved by voters, the measure will provide a mechanism for the board of directors, which clashed with Villanueva as an elected sheriff .

Horvath believes her decision to call Villanueva demonstrates the type of “leadership” required to represent the district and criticized Hertzberg for not following suit.

Hertzberg said he wasn’t “playing the Twitter troll game” and saw no value in judging a man he might have to work with. Ultimately, Hertzberg did not approve measure A.

This story will be updated with the election results. Bob Hertzberg, Lindsey Horvath run for county supervisor

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