Kathryn Barger talks about supervisor race
In a recent interview at a Pasadena eatery Kathryn Barger, candidate for Los Angeles County Supervisor in the 5th District talked about her plans for the post if she’s elected to take over from her boss Michael Antonovich.
After emerging from a runoff that featured eight candidates seeking the job, Barger will face Darrell Park, a resident of Altadena, on Nov. 8. She touted herself as a longtime resident who is familiar with the region’s challenges thanks to her role as Antonovich’s chief of staff for the past 15 years.
The county faces tough choices on many issues ranging from homelessness to foster care. There are also mass transportation problems, and questions about wages and taxes.
Barger said she is poised to tackle all of the county’s problems and noted she stands for good government.
“I’m from this area. And a long-time resident. I stand for good government and I have the county government experience to hit the ground running. Plus, I have bi-partisan support and endorsements which I believe is a major difference between me and my opponent.”
In area, the Fifth District is Los Angeles County’s largest. It spans south from the Antelope Valley through the Angeles National Forest and into the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. The district extends in width from Porter Ranch east through Pasadena and Altadena and into Claremont up to the San Bernardino County line.
If elected, Barger would be the lone conservative on the board, and one of four women. She believes she will establish good relationships with the other supervisors and is endorsed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents the westside.
“I know them. And from experience I know I can work and collaborate with the other Supervisors.”
Park, a self-described progressive, has the endorsements of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, believes his experience in government sets him apart from Barger.
“I am running for Supervisor because Los Angeles County needs leaders with new ideas, progressive values, and a demonstrated ability to bring people together to tackle the problems we face,” Park said.