Carson Mayor Albert Robles has filed to run for Los Angeles County’s 2nd District Supervisor seat.
The seat is currently held by Mark Ridley-Thomas, but term limits prevent him from running for re-election.
Robles joins a field that already includes high profile names like State Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), L.A. Councilman Herb Wesson, and former L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, all of whom have been campaigning for months prior to filing.
The other three candidates in the race are community advocate and attorney Jake Jeong, investment adviser and educator René Lorenzo Rigard, and social entrepreneur Jorge Nuño.
If Robles is one of the top two vote-getters he will move on to the November runoff election. This also means he would be ineligible to run for re-election for Carson Mayor as candidates cannot run concurrently for two different seats. The Mayoral seat would therefore lack an incumbent giving all candidates running in the race a statistically equal chance of taking the reins on the dais.
A seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is one of the most powerful and coveted in the nation. The Board as a whole decides how to spend the County’s $28 billion budget, with each of the five supervisors overseeing about 2 million residents each. To put this into perspective, the entire state’s population is just under 40 million meaning L.A. County Supervisors serve about 25% of California residents.
The current annual salary for a member of the Board of Supervisors is $203,425 plus benefits, according to Transparent California.
L.A. County’s 2nd District includes the cities of Carson, Compton, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, and a portion of the City of Los Angeles.