Believe it or not, officials are almost finished counting the election that Californians held on June 7. In Los Angeles County, it's now a done deal that the runoff race for the 5th district of the Board of Supervisors will pit Kathryn Barger and Darrell Park. It's the first time this seat has been open in 36 years.
Barger, the chief of staff to the district's longtime incumbent, Mike Antonovich, led the primary balloting with 29.64 percent. or 105,520 votes. Park, who was running for the first time, and spent little money, gets into the runoff with 15.5 percent of the vote, or 55,185 votes. He edges out state Sen. Bob Huff, who finished with 14.71 percent, 2,826 votes behind Park.
So the race will pit a moderate Republican in Barger who has secured the backing of labor, and a liberal Democrat in Park who says that he will make the nominally non-partisan race about their party differences.
In the other open supervisor race, in the 4th district, Rep. Janice Hahn finishes the primary tally with 47.13 percent, not enough to avoid a runoff with Steve Napolitano, who received 36.65 percent.