LOS ANGELES -Senator Bob Hertzberg conceded defeat in the Los Angeles County Supervisor Race Thursday congratulating Supervisor-Elect Horvath and thanking all of those who have helped him.
"With the most recent ballot update, it is clear to me that Lindsey Horvath will be our next County Supervisor. I want to offer my most sincere and humble congratulations to Supervisor-Elect Horvath. The challenges that we face as a County are extraordinary and it will take someone with Lindsey’s work ethic to be successful," said Hertzberg.
The latest vote totals released Thursday showed Horvath with a 19,542- vote lead over Hertzberg, up from roughly 14,950 on Wednesday.
The District 3 seat covers a majority of the San Fernando Valley, stretching from Westlake Village and Malibu to Calabasas, West Hills, Porter Ranch, San Fernando, Panorama City and Northridge, while also stretching to West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and parts of Venice.
“I am humbled and honored that the voters have chosen me to serve as their next Supervisor. 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," said Horvath.
"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."
Horvath listed homelessness as a top priority of her campaign.``As a mayor and council member, I have taken action to successfully get 80% of my community's unhoused population off the streets and into housing and services,'' Horvath wrote in her official candidate statement. ``As supervisor, I will get the bureaucracy out of the way, create accountability, and expand partnerships with experts who know how to help people off the streets and into supportive housing.''
She also vowed to ``prioritize your safety and fight for additional resources to provide care and prevent crime from happening in the first place.''
Horvath said she helped spearhead an ``intersectional approach'' to homelessness in West Hollywood, incorporating housing, services and community safety, while pushing for the production of transitional, supportive and long- term affordable housing.
She also called for more investment in mental evaluation teams that pair trained social workers with public safety officials responding to relevant calls for service.
Horvath has been endorsed by Kuehl and Supervisors Holly Mitchell, Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Information from City News Service was used for this story.