Bobby Shriver Gets Endorsement from West Hollywood Councilman John Duran

Duran faced Shriver in the primary for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, and lost.

West Hollywood Councilman John Duran throws his endorsement to Bobby Shriver. Patch file photo.
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran throws his endorsement to Bobby Shriver. Patch file photo.

Third District supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver was endorsed today by a former opponent, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran.

Duran said local government experience was one reason he decided to back Shriver, who spent eight years on the Santa Monica City Council.

"I am for fresh ideas created at the local level, I'm for triple A bond ratings ... which is what has succeeded here in West Hollywood and under Bobby's leadership in Santa Monica," Duran said.

He took a dig at former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, who will face Shriver in a November runoff to replace outgoing Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

"We can do better than a retread of Sacramento ideas," Duran said. "Remember, Supervisors Ed Edelman and Zev Yaroslavsky never served a day in Sacramento. All of their service was at the local level."

Duran took third place in the June 3 primary with 16 percent of the vote, following late endorsements by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Kuehl, who captured 36 percent of the primary vote to Shriver's 29 percent, told the Los Angeles Times that she would have liked to have Duran's support, but that it wasn't crucial to a win in November.

"I don't know how loyal all the voters might be to John, because in the areas where he did well, I still beat him," Kuehl said.

--City News Service

Woody McBreairty July 09, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Now that Duran has sucked all the attention & energy he could get out of his "endorsement", hopefully the silly season of insignificant "endorsements" is over in West Hollywood, at least for now. Goes to show you can cheapen any word in the political vernacular if you try hard enough. Maybe we can replace the word "endorsement" with a more palatable word for the March 2015 election.
David Bonfiglio July 09, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Another reason to vote for Sheila Kuehl.


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