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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Antonovich Says He Will Run for Liu’s Senate Seat


Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Pasadena, said at a gathering last weekend that he is running for the California state Senate in 2016.

The 75-year-old Republican, who will be forced out from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by term limits next year, said as much during the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated picnic at the Two Strike Park in La Crescenta on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Antonovich has said he was eyeing the seat now held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada), who will also be termed out in 2016.

The Times reported Natalie Blanning, managing partner with the political consulting firm Gilliard Blanning & Associates, as saying Antonovich hired her firm a few weeks ago and has been interviewing fundraisers and other potential campaign staff.

Blanning also said Antonovich is in the process of opening a candidate committee.

Antonovich’s supervisorial district includes Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale. Democrats in the Senate district outnumber Republicans and Liu’s seat has drawn several contenders from the Democratic Party, among them former Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte’ Riddle, former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino from La Cañada and current Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale).

Last month, Gatto said that there are likely going to be at least seven candidates in the race, at least six of them Democrats.

Antonovich, who lives in Glendale, had told the Los Angeles Times last June that he believes a Republican can win the seat.

“The people are going to vote based on who represents them best, and I have an effective record representing the area,” he said.

Other speakers at Saturday’s picnic included U.S. senate candidate Tom Del Beccaro and Jack Orswell, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 27th Congressional District. Kathryn Barger, Antonovich’s chief of staff who is running for the Board of Supervisors, also spoke.

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