West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath declared victory Thursday evening with 52.24% of the votes cast to determine the District 3 seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
State Sen. Bob Hertzberg finished the race with 47.76% of the vote, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
“I am humbled and honored that the voters have chosen me to serve as their next Supervisor,” Horvath said in a statement. “Their confidence and support fueled our people-powered campaign across the finish line, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to represent the people of District 3.
“The significance of this victory is not lost on me. Voters chose a new path forward – a path where we humanely and effectively solve our homelessness crisis, a path where we invest in meaningful public safety solutions, a path where we fight unequivocally for full reproductive freedom, and a path where we urgently protect our environment and create a sustainable future for generations to come.”
Hertzberg conceded the election via Twitter:
“I want to say in the most humble and sincere manner that I want (Horvath) to be the most successful … supervisor in the history of our county,” Hertzberg said. “The challenges we face in this county are nothing less than extraordinary, and it will take someone with Lindsey’s work ethic to be successful.”
Horvath thanked Hertzberg for his supportive remarks:
“I want to thank Senator Bob Hertzberg for his incredibly generous and kind phone call, for his commitment to public service, and for engaging in this hard fought campaign to make Los Angeles a better place. I welcome his supporters into the work we will all need to do together. Regardless of who you voted for, I will always work my heart out to represent you and the best interests of our communities.
The latest vote tallies that the County Registrar released Thursday showed Horvath leading Hertzberg by 19,542 votes, adding to her roughly 14,950-vote lead on Wednesday.
As of Thursday, Horvath had 227,561 votes, while Hertzberg had 208,019.
More than 332,000 ballots countywide still need to be counted from the Nov. 8 election, however the registrar does not specify how many of the votes are from the District 3 race.
The LA County board’s District 3 covers most of the San Fernando Valley, from Westlake Village and Malibu to Calabasas, West Hills, Porter Ranch, San Fernando, Panorama City and Northridge, and it also includes parts of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
Horvath said homelessness was a top priority of her campaign, and she received endorsements from current District 3 Supervisor Sheila Kuehl as well as Supervisors Holly Mitchell, Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party also endorsed Horvath.
Hertzberg has had a long career in state government, having served in the California Senate since 2014 after years in the Assembly, including stints as Assembly speaker and Senate majority leader. During his campaign for supervisor he prioritized clean energy, homelessness, crime, housing, and mental health, as well as focusing on the homelessness crisis.
Hertzberg was backed by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, Attorney General Rob Bonta, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and Reps. Tony Cardenas, Brad Sherman and Norma Torres.