From Troy Anderson’s article in today’s Whittier Daily News:
For the first time in more than a decade, a high-stakes race is under way for a Los Angeles County supervisor seat in an election that could significantly reshape the region’s longtime political power base.While still months before voters hit the polls, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas already have launched what are widely expected to be fierce campaigns for the post being vacated by the retirement of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.
The race is the first highly competitive contest for the Board of Supervisors since Burke battled Rep. Diane Watson in a bitter 1992 campaign to succeed the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn.
Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said the race gives voters a rare opportunity to significantly influence the future.
“It’s important for people to have a choice,” Pitney said. “Competition is at the very heart of democracy and that’s especially true for supervisorial elections because county government is so large and the districts are bigger than a lot of states.”