Former City Controller
"I just decided it's not the right time for me," Greuel said in an interview. "That does not mean I'm saying goodbye to the idea of running for office."
She said the proximity of the mayor’s race, which she lost to
"No pun intended, I went through a couple years of a grueling campaign," Greuel said.
Supporters had been urging her to run since the loss, and polling showed she would have significant advantages -– high name identification and a favorable view among voters.
"With her name ID and Valley base, Wendy would have been the clear frontrunner," said Sean Clegg, a Democratic consultant who was advising Greuel on a possible run. "She's got a tremendous future and will have many, many opportunities going forward."
Greuel debated whether to run through the holidays and into the new year, with her supporters planning to launch a campaign tied to the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake. She was deeply involved in the recovery efforts as part of President
"I have decided to go with my gut and make significant contributions in other ways and come back again," Greuel said.
The move dramatically shapes the race for the 3rd District supervisor seat. Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich have announced that they are running. Former Santa Monica Mayor