Published : Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | 2:52 PM
Darrell Park, a former White House Office of Management and Budget staffer, author, and entrepreneur, officially announced his campaign for Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District today. The seat is currently held by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who is prevented from seeking re-election by term limits.
“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. I am committed to fighting for policies that will end homelessness, invest in a green energy future, reform our foster care and criminal justice systems, preserve the natural beauty of our region, and protect funding for the services on which our most vulnerable citizens rely. The unique communities of this district deserve a progressive representative, one who will fight for a better quality of life for all. I am excited to officially launch my campaign and to get to work.”
Park, a Democrat, opened a fundraising committee at the end of September and has more than $100,000 on-hand as of December 31st.
Although the District has been represented by a Republican for more than three decades, Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District is a strongly Democratic seat, especially during a Presidential Election Cycle. In 2012, President Barack Obama won the district by 16% and Senator Dianne Feinstein carried the seat by more than 20%.
By registration, Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in the district by a margin of 91,595 voters or 9% of the electorate.
After earning an undergraduate degree in History from Allegheny College and a graduate degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Park embarked on a nearly decade-long stint as a civil servant serving two Presidents in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
After moving west to earn a Masters of Science in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Park then moved to Los Angeles County, where he has lived for the past 10 years. During that time, he joined several alternative energy start-ups, and wrote a book about common-sense solutions on which his Supervisor platform is based, called Better Than We Found It: Simple Solutions to Some of the World’s Toughest Problems.
Park is married with a young son and divides his time between new start-up projects and community service.