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Sheila Kuehl to Run for 3rd District Board of Supervisors Seat

Kuehl, the first openly gay person elected to the California Legislature, announces her bid for the seat held by Zev Yaroslavsky.

Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl has announced her bid for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, KPCC confirmed Thursday.

She seeks to replace Zev Yaroslavsky in the 3rd District—which spans from the valley to the Santa Monica Mountains to the Westside including West Hollywood—when he leaves office in 2014. 

"Honestly speaking, I probably made the decision several years ago," Kuehl, 71, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday about her candidacy.

Kuehl, a Democrat, served eight years in the Senate and six years in the Assembly starting in 1994. She was the first openly gay person elected to the California Legislature and the first woman in the state’s history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. She termed out in 2008.

In the 1960s, she was a child actress who had roles on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and The Ed Sullivan Show. Now she owns her own consulting business and runs the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College.

Serving on the Board of Supervisors is "really the only place I can imagine using all the things that I learned in the Legislature in 14 years,” Kuehl told KPCC. She said her priorities are the environment, transportation, health and human services.

Her website says she will begin to seek endorsements and look for donors.

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George January 12, 2013 at 07:10 PM
She definitely has my support and help if she wants it. Let me know. Here to help.
Lyndia Lowy January 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Think Hilda Solis will run against her?
kenneth scalir January 13, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Hilda Solis will run for Gloria Molina's seat when she is term limited out.
Chris Bray January 13, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Term limits were supposed to generate a class of political leaders who came from outside politics, people who came from business and the professions and didn't just want to be full-time politicians. Instead we just get musical chairs. What's the value of churning politicians through every office they can grab?
Steve Martin January 13, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I get what Chris is saying but Sheila was one of the few stars of the Assembly and her skills and experiences would be a great service to the district. She is definitely not one of those mealy mouth, medicore politicians who simply want to be in office for life. She has been out of the fray for several years and she could bring some balanced perpectives. I support term limits because we need a way to winnow out the entrenched duds but Sheila was one of the few stars of the legislature and it would seem that this is a great opportunity for us to benefit from her passion and experience.

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