District 5 runoff: AirTalk debate hosted by Larry Mantle

Help pass out YesOn59 cards and mingle with attendees who are likely to be voting! As an audience member, pose a question about Big Money in Politics and how it relates to Prop 59.



Darrell Park is a Progressive who needs our support to win District 5 to take this seat from years of Republican control! PERHAPS someone could get Darrell to "take the candidate pledge" (print out the form on this (YesOnCA59 website) and do a quick FB Live video stream with him?! (bonus points for getting the Republican Kathryn Barger!)

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wields tremendous power, so the races to fill its two open seats are worth watching this November. Voters will decide who will replace Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike D. Antonovich – 4th and 5th District representatives, respectively, and the current Board’s only two Republican members. This October, AirTalk will host live, conversational debates for each of these potentially game-changing races.

In the 5th District – which includes Burbank, Glendale, and much of the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys – two candidates remain: Republican Kathryn Barger and Democrat Darrell Park. Barger, who is Antonovich’s chief of staff, finished first in the June primary with 30 percent of primary votes. Park, who served in the White House Office of Management and Budget and runs a start-up called Better Than We Found It, finished second with 15 percent of primary votes. Barger, supported by a robust fundraising operation and significant labor backing, raised more than $1 million before the June primary. Park operated on a tighter budget, with about $200,000 before June 7.

Managing a $28 billion budget, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors carries political influence that cannot be overstated. It runs the nation’s largest jail and foster care systems as well as its second-largest public health system. It plays a major role in building – and funding – the county’s government workforce. While the five-member Board is officially nonpartisan, the outcome of November’s election has the potential to shift the powerful panel’s politics to the left. Since Antonovich and Knabe, the only Republican supervisors, are terming out, the 2017 Board could hold the first liberal “supermajority” in modern history.

While Antonovich, a Republican, held his seat for 36 years, registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the district by almost 10 percent. And with the higher turnout and volatility that presidential elections bring to their down-ballot cohorts, this race is sure to stay heated.

Join AirTalk host Larry Mantle on Wednesday, October 12, for a lively debate between Park and Barger. In good AirTalk fashion, Mantle will engage the candidates in casual yet substantive conversation about the issues and livelihoods at stake. Hear each candidate’s visions before making your November choice.

October 12, 2016 at 7:00pm - 8pm
KPCC Crawford Family Forum
474 S Raymond Ave Pasadena California 91105
Pasadena, CA 91105
United States
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