Lindsey Horvath and Hilda Solis took their oaths of office for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with Horvath debuting on the county’s governing body as its youngest-ever elected woman, while the political veteran Solis began her third and final term.
Horvath, a former member of the West Hollywood City Council and twice the mayor of that city, beat state Sen. Bob Hertsberg in a runoff election last month for the 3rd District seat formerly held by Sheila Kuehl, who did not seek reelection.
Solis–who served in both the Assembly and state Senate before moving to Congress and later becoming U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama–easily defeated four challengers in the June primary to claim her third term representing the 1st District.
Term limits make Thursday’s oath Solis’ last as a supervisor. An incumbent supervisor has not lost a reelection bid for 42 years.
“I stand here with the utmost gratitude to all of you, especially the residents of the 1st District,” Solis said after taking the oath of office from Kuehl. “I’m humbled by each and everyone of you for entrusting me with the great responsibility of representing the 1st District for another four years. It is a testament to you that we arrived at this moment, a moment that exemplifies a movement driven by our community, by equity, by dignity and respect.”
Solis said she would be dedicated to a host of issues during his final term, including continued efforts to address the homelessness crisis and overseeing an expansion of parks in the district, including the planned 142-acre Puente Hills regional park. She also announced plans for the opening of a $35 million aquatics center at her former elementary school, Temple Academy.
“This will be one of the only aquatics centers in the unincorporated San Gabriel Valley … where we grew up,” she said.
Horvath, meanwhile, claimed victory over Hertzberg on Nov. 17, ultimately winning by nearly 29,000 votes, or just under 53% after all the ballots were counted.
“I am humbled and honored that the voters have chosen me to serve as their next supervisor,” Horvath, 39, said in a statement.
“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.”
She took the oath of office from former West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, and acknowledged that the five-member board — once known as the “Five Little Kings” — will continue to be all-female.