Los Angeles County’s 3rd Supervisorial District, like each of the five Supervisorial Districts, is massive and includes roughly 2.5 million people. District 3 encompasses a large portion of the Westside, including Topanga and Malibu, most of the San Fernando Valley, as well as Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake, and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Selecting among three increasingly well known, well qualified candidates for Supervisor was not easy, as each have their strengths. Former Assembly Speaker and current State Senator Bob Hertzberg has been around a long time. He has a big, gregarious personality and is a natural leader quite adept with the machinery of government. But we feel it’s time for a new generation of leaders at the helm, which leaves State Senator Henry Stern and West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath. Ultimately, our choice for Supervisor is Horvath.

Henry Stern is a brilliant elected leader with a lot of energy and integrity. Easy to like and admire, he is a true environmental leader who one can tell is fiercely driven by his commitment to fighting the climate crisis. In fact, we feel he would be the strongest candidate for those whose number one issue is preserving open spaces and the welfare of area wildlife. He certainly would serve the district well overall.

But the future is female, and when a capable, competent woman is competitive in an election involving the Westside, you’ll often see this site side with her. Lindsey Horvath isn’t just a woman, though. She’s an exceptional one. Driven to serve others through her faith at a young age, Horvath was a founding member of her area chapter of the National Organization for Women, and has the support of impressive female leaders including the current supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, former Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Gloria Allred, and Eunisses Hernandez, a recognized advocate for criminal justice reform and communities of color.

It’s also telling that she has the support of a majority of her city council colleagues and two former West Hollywood City Council members, not to mention dozens of other West Hollywood civic and business leaders. But it shouldn’t surprise us when the twice selected mayor accomplished things like helping bring about the strongest minimum wage in the county the same year her city was named the county’s most business friendly. Or when she stepped up to lead a fight to getting more rape kit evidence analyzed that faced a huge backlog. How many men do you see leading that charge? Horvath also sees very clearly the crisis we face in housing and homelessness. She and her council colleagues enacted a housing policy that requires at least 20 percent of all newly constructed housing units be made affordable for middle and low-income workers, and she is endorsed by housing advocates. A fierce advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, she has the endorsement of the Stonewall Democratic Club and the Stonewall Young Democrats. She has the support of no fewer than five women’s organizations, multiple labor unions, and shares the endorsement of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters with Senator Stern.

Her priorities also align with our progressive values and clearly track with the biggest challenges we face today. Her campaign Website (https://www.lindseyhorvath.com/) puts combatting homelessness and building affordable housing at the top of the list, followed immediately by the climate crisis, transportation, and public safety – where she agrees with this news organization more experts in health and social and mental services to be sent to the scene in many situations rather than armed police officers or sheriff’s deputies.

Horvath is also seemingly everywhere, and has been for years, always in the community and out in support of other leaders. She’s approachable and smart as heck, and we believe will run a very accessible and hard-working constituent-oriented office. We love that she’s a renter and we cheered her on when she made national headlines saying Donald Trump was not welcome in West Hollywood.

This race will be hard fought and a lot of money will be spent sending you countless political mailers and maybe even television ads. We hope you will cut through the clutter and support Lindsey Horvath for 3rd District Supervisor.

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