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March 28, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So who is Dan Kumaus, and why did 72,107 people vote for him? Kumaus--a low-profile county bureaucrat who hardly bothered to campaign, raised almost no money and spent in the neighborhood of just $500 for the race--surprised even himself by collecting 26% of the vote in Tuesday's 5th Supervisorial District election. Four-term Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, on the other hand, raised more than $900,000, spent more than half that amount and won easily with 207,791 votes, or 74%.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So who is Dan Kumaus, and why did 72,107 people vote for him? Kumaus--a low-profile county bureaucrat who hardly bothered to campaign, raised almost no money and spent in the neighborhood of just $500 for the race--surprised even himself by collecting 26% of the vote in Tuesday's 5th Supervisorial District election. Four-term Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, on the other hand, raised more than $900,000, spent more than half that amount and won easily with 207,791 votes, or 74%.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It is rare that voters have a chance to fill an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The powerful post, representing more people than any California lawmaker or any member of the House, is so coveted by politicians that they rarely give up the office. One of those rare moments is approaching. After 16 years in office, Supervisor Deane Dana is retiring this fall. So it is not surprising that the race to fill his seat is a fight to the finish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It is rare that voters have a chance to fill an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The powerful post, representing more people than any California lawmaker or any member of the House, is so coveted by politicians that they rarely give up the office. One of those rare moments is approaching. After 16 years in office, Supervisor Deane Dana is retiring this fall. So it is not surprising that the race to fill his seat is a fight to the finish.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1998
Supervisor Gloria Molina will face no opposition in her bid for a third term in office, while Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will face three opponents, according to the county registrar-recorder's office. Molina's began serving on the Board of Supervisors on March 1, 1991, after a federal court mandated that the county's political boundaries be redistricted to allow for more representation of Latinos. She was elected to her first full term in 1994 representing the county's Eastside.
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December 30, 1995 | ANDREA FORD and JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, whose courtroom team recently lost the so-called Trial of the Century, will face five challengers as he seeks a second term as the county's top prosecutor in the March primary election. At the filing deadline late Friday, three members of the district attorney's staff had joined the post-O.J. Simpson verdict race against Garcetti. The field includes Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With no primary to winnow the field of 16 to two, the Los Angeles County assessor's race is a cavalry charge of candidates in a mad dash for the $141,000-a-year job. County government insiders see the main contenders as acting Assessor Rick Auerbach, 52, and former Assessor John Lynch, 63, but they quickly point out that in a field so large, any candidate could capture the winner-take-all sprint. "A nobody buried deep in the bureaucracy could win," says one observer. "It's a real crapshoot."
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May 31, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County electoral races to be decided Tuesday generally have been low-key affairs, with the notable exception of the contest for sheriff, in which the incumbent, Sherman Block, faces three opponents in his quest for a fifth term. Unlike past sheriffs' races--in which voters merely rubber-stamped the incumbent--this time Block, 73, has been forced to campaign vigorously in an effort to retain the post he has held since 1982. The sheriff's annual salary of $234,015.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, embroiled in the toughest battle of his long political career, was headed late Tuesday for a runoff election with sheriff's division Chief Lee Baca. Based on absentee ballots and reports from nearly two-thirds of the precincts, Block and his leading challenger were separated by about 3%, with the sheriff garnering less than 40% of the votes. That is far short of the 51% required for outright victory in the primary.
NEWS
June 3, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, embroiled in the toughest battle of his long political career, was headed late Tuesday for a runoff election with sheriff's division Chief Lee Baca. Based on absentee ballots and early returns, Block and his leading challenger were separated by less than 5% of the vote, and the sheriff was falling far short of the 51% required for outright victory in the primary. Baca was a decisive second with more than 30% of the votes.
NEWS
March 27, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN and HENRY CHU and JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Realtor Tony Cardenas led four other Democrats vying to succeed Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar), and GOP Assemblywoman Paula Boland of Granada Hills moved a step closer to a new job in the state Senate on Tuesday as early ballots were tallied in San Fernando Valley-area races. Assemblyman James Rogan easily won the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Rep.
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