Former Santa Monica Mayor
The nephew of late
Shriver, who filed his “candidate intention statement” on Jan. 3, has spent time observing the supervisors' weekly meetings and combing the county's budget, and is being advised by longtime friend Bill Carrick, a veteran Democratic consultant who led Los Angeles Mayor
Shriver's entry in the race would immediately alter the dynamic of the contest -- the first election to be sparked by term limits instituted by voters -- because of his wealth, celebrity and anticipated fund-raising ability.
Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl has been running the longest and most public campaign for the seat, which represents two million people in a district stretching from the Pacific Ocean into the San Fernando Valley and to the Hollywood sign. She has raised more than $425,000, rolled out scores of endorsements and has been aggressively courting Democratic Party activists.
West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich are also running.
The biggest question mark in the race is former City Controller
The other seat up for grabs this year is that of termed-out Supervisor