Kathryn Barger’s opponent in November for the 5th District seat on the Board of Supervisors has been determined: It’s Darrell Park, a start-up entrepreneur and educator.
Barger, a longtime San Marino resident and the chief deputy of Mike Antonovich, who is stepping down from the job after 36 years because of term limits, led by a comfortable margin after the June 7 primary. But thousands of provisional and vote-by-mail ballots remained to be counted, and Park, though in second place after the primary, was trailed closely by state Sen. Bob Huff.
When all the dust cleared last Friday, and the certified election results were released, Park had 55,185 votes, putting him just 2,826 votes ahead of Huff (52,359). Barger finished with nearly double their combined total, or 105,520 votes.
Behind Barger, Park, Huff, Ara James Najarian, Mitchell Englander and Elan Carr were closely bunched together in the race, with only 14,605 votes separating second place from sixth.
Barger has been endorsed by Antonovich for the nonpartisan office, which carries a four-year term. The runoff in the general election will be held Nov. 8.
The canvass of provisional and vote-by-mail ballots required nearly a month. When it was complete, the office of the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder reported that 42.13% of eligible registered voters in the county cast ballots.
— Eric Noland