Former Los Angeles School Board President and Assemblyman
Furutani, 67, said he has represented two-thirds of the Los Angeles County district between serving on the school board, the Los Angeles Community College District Board and as a Democratic member of the state Assembly, which he left in 2012.
"It's not a new area for me," said Furutani, a Gardena resident.
He said education remains a priority for him.
"When I was in the Assembly there were some policy things I really was working on, some policy issues — career technical education, workforce development — and I want to keep doing the policy work around those education programs," Furutani said. "We have to look at education differently."