Malibu leaders are joining Santa Monica’s in supporting Sheila Kuehl in her bid for the Third District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Malibu Mayor Joan House joins Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and former Mayor Judy Abdo in endorsing Kuehl, a Democrat and a former state senator and assembly member.

House praised Kuehl for her years of public service and being sensitive to constituent needs and the protection of the coast.

“Sheila is an exceptional leader who has shown both integrity and determination in fighting for the interests of her constituents,” House said.

The other Malibu leaders who are giving their endorsement to Kuehl are councilmembers John Sibert, Laura Rosenthal, Lou La Monte and Skylar Peak. Former Malibu mayors Ken Kearsley and Andy Stern are also supporting Kuehl.

“It’s a real honor to receive this kind of support from every Malibu councilmember and so many former mayors,” Kuehl said.

Currently, Kuehl serves as founding director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College.

Kuehl, a longtime Santa Monica resident, aims to take over the Third District seat that has been occupied by Zev Yaroslavsky since 1994. The district comprises Santa Monica, Malibu, Beverly Hills, San Fernando, Agoura Hills and West Hollywood, among other cities.

West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich are said to also be exploring a run.

The statewide direct primary election is set for June 3, 2014, with the general election scheduled in November.

 

— Brian Adigwu

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