One of two Republicans running against Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said Friday that he was dropping out, leaving the veteran lawmaker to face one GOP candidate and one other Democrat in the June 7 primary.
Former Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin did not file the paperwork required by Friday's deadline to seek the seat now held by Supervisor Don Knabe, who is being pushed out by term limits.
Gin said he wanted to avoid splitting the vote in a year when Republican turnout will probably be high because of the contentious presidential contest.
"I think it's important to have a unified effort," he said, while adding that he had not decided whether to endorse Republican Steve Napolitano, a senior deputy to Knabe and former Manhattan Beach councilman.
While campaigning, Gin said, "it became very clear to me that Asian Americans are very much underrepresented in so much of L.A. County." So instead of running for office, he said, he had decided to turn instead to political engagement efforts.
That leaves Hahn, who has the largest war chest and is considered by political observers to be the likely favorite to face Napolitano and Whittier Union High School District board member Ralph Pacheco.
Eight people also have filed to run for the seat held by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who is being forced out by term limits at the end of the year as well.
They are: Antonovich's chief of staff, Kathryn Barger; prosecutor Elan Carr; Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander; state Sen. Bob Huff; Palmdale-area real estate investor Raj Pal Kahlon; Altadena Town Council member Billy Malone; Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian; and entrepreneur Darrell Park.
Two county incumbents, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and District Atty. Jackie Lacey, are running for reelection unopposed.