West Hollywood City Councilman Lindsey Horvath on Thursday night declared victory for Los Angeles County’s only vacant supervisor seat after taking a nearly 20,000 vote lead over Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), who also did admitted on Thursday.
The 40-year-old will be the lone millennial and tenant on the five-member board, which will remain all-female following her win. The board is responsible for a budget of nearly $39 billion.
As of Thursday’s loss of votes, Horvath leads with 52.24% of the votes with more than 450,000 ballots counted.
“I’m thrilled, humbled, excited and feeling a whole range of emotions,” she said in a Zoom interview on Thursday. “We had so many people on our team, many who saw a little bit of themselves in us, and we took up the fight together.”
Horvath’s triumph came despite a more than 3-to-1 fundraising benefit for the veteran 67-year-old Hertzberg, who garnered notable endorsements from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and US Senator Alex Padilla.
“I would like to offer my most sincere and humble congratulations to Supervisor-Designate Horvath,” Hertzberg said in an emailed statement. “The challenges we face as a county are extraordinary and it will take someone with Lindsey’s work ethic to succeed.”
However, Horvath amassed a coalition, including outgoing Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who will replace Horvath on December 5, along with all but one Supervisor. Horvath, along with the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, also received the most endorsements from neighborhood Democratic clubs.
Horvath will represent a 431 square mile 3rd Ward stretching from the Westside of Los Angeles to the West Valley and the San Fernando Valley. A total of 10 cities, 25 unincorporated communities, and portions of 50 boroughs in Los Angeles make up the water gun-shaped neighborhood of 2.06 million people.
The 3rd Ward is approximately 43% White, 37% Latino, 12% Asian, and 4% Black.
Horvath emerged as a key decision-maker who was not afraid of tough decisions. She supported Los Angeles County’s Measure A, which gave the board the power to remove an elected sheriff. She called out Sheriff Alex Villanueva and did not support his campaign.
Measure A passed just over 70% while Villanueva was easily defeated by retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna in his re-election bid.
Conversely, Hertzberg opposed Measure A and often refrained from publicly criticizing Villanueva.
Throughout her campaign, Horvath identified homelessness, safety and the environment as the district’s three most pressing issues.
“I want to make sure we know where the resources are and that they’re being allocated appropriately to meet those needs and concerns,” Horvath said. “We must build a team that not only reflects the diversity of the district, but also the diversity of interests that we must serve.”
Hertzberg led Horvath on election night, with the early ballots giving him a 5,000 vote advantage as he jumped ahead with 51.24% of the vote.
Horvath received more votes with each subsequent update, including reducing Hertzberg’s advantage to 4,000 on the second night’s vote loss. Horvath eventually rose Lead of less than 700 votes on November 11th and continued the separation.
Hertzberg, the former unanimous speaker of the assembly, will retire from the Senate on November 30.
His defeat comes a week after his son Daniel Hertzberg, who was attempting to seize his father’s 20th Senate district, was defeated by Marine Corps veteran Caroline Menjivar.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-11-17/horvath-declares-victory-in-county-spervisors-race Horvath declares victory in L.A. County supervisors race