West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico today announced his endorsement of Bobby Shriver for the 3rd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Shriver, the former mayor of Santa Monica and a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, faces former state senator Sheila Kuehl in the November general election. The seat currently is held by Zev Yaroslavsky, who must step down because of limits on how long any one person can serve in that position.
“We need a supervisor who understands local government and the challenges that a community like ours faces,” D’Amico said in a press release announcing his endorsement. “As a former mayor and council member in Santa Monica, Bobby Shriver is that candidate. Bobby knows how local government works and how important it is for the people who live in cities like West Hollywood to drive the county-wide discussion by highlighting what works in our cities.”
West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran, who came in third in the June primary race for the supervisor’s seat, to date hasn’t announced who he will endorse. But Duran has been seen escorting Shriver around West Hollywood. He walked with him through the LA Pride Festival in early June and shouted out Shriver’s name at the recent State of the City luncheon held by the City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
D’Amico and Duran are two of four gay men on the five-member West Hollywood City Council and frequently vote together on issues. Kuehl, a lesbian, was the candidate favored by West Hollywood voters in the June primary. She took 38 percent of the WeHo vote. West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran ran second, with 24 percent of the votes, followed by Shriver, who took 16 percent.