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On the Campaign Trail: Sheila Kuehl eyes coveted LA County Board of Supervisors seat

Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl is running to replace Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The district includes Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and most of the San Fernando Valley. Kuehl still drives her red Porsche convertible that she bought brand new 50 years ago.
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Former State Senator Sheila Kuehl is running to replace Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The district includes Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and most of the San Fernando Valley. Kuehl still drives her red Porsche convertible that she bought brand new 50 years ago.

Sheila Kuehl should be a familiar name in California politics. She served 14 years in the CA Legislature--six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate--before terming out in 2008.

Sheila Kuehl should be a familiar name in California politics. She served 14 years in the CA Legislature--six in the Assembly and eight in the Senate--before terming out in 2008.

She has notched a couple of "firsts" under her belt, as the first openly gay person to be elected to the state legislature, as well as the first woman to be the Assembly's speaker pro tem. Now, the 73-year-old is running for the 3rd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a job that hasn't been opened in 2 decades. The Supervisor gig is one considered one of the most powerful positions in the city, helping to manage a $25 billion annual budget.

As much influence as it wields, it's not an easy job, with the plethora of problems the county faces. What can Kuehl bring to the job?  

Guest:

Sheila Kuehl, candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 3rd District. She most recently served as a Democratic member of the California State Senate between 2000 and 2008, representing the 23rd district in Los Angeles County and parts of southern Ventura County.

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