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February 1, 2022 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race to replace Sheila Kuehl as County Supervisor, upending what promises to be a hotly contested June primary.

Bloom, who was first elected to the Assembly in 2012 after serving as Santa Monica Mayor, said he will complete his fifth term, which expires in January 2023.

“After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family and advisors, I have decided to end my campaign for Supervisor and focus on serving my constituents for the remainder of my final term in the State Assembly," Bloom said in a statement.

"I am very proud of the campaign we ran, and I am grateful to everyone who helped to build it. I believe that the future of Los Angeles County is bright, and that our communities can and will solve the challenges we face.

"I am as committed as ever to working for that future, but I am going to take some time to decide how I can best be of service," Bloom said.

Bloom was widely considered the front runner in the race for 3rd District Supervisor, which includes Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Malibu, Agoura Hills and dozens of Westside neighborhoods.

His departure leaves three current candidates -- West Hollywood Councilwoman Lindsey P. Horvath, who is backed by Kuehl, and State Senators Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys and Henry Stern, whose district includes Malibu.

As of last summer, Bloom had raised more than twice as much as his two other challengers at the at the time, amassing a warchest totaling nearly $1 million'

His contributors include some of the State's most powerful unions, major international corporations and a wide array of special interest groups ("Special Interests Help Bloom Amass Large Warchest in Supervisor Race," August 3, 2021).

Bloom initially won his Assembly seat in a hotly contested election in 2012, making him the first Santa Monican to make the leap from City Hall to Sacramento.

He easily won reelection every two years, winning by more than 75 percent of the vote in 2020. Term limits bar him from running for re-election in 2024.

Bloom took many of the causes he championed locally to the State Capitol. These included banning single-use plastic products, increasing homeless services, boosting affordable housing and pushing for public transportation.

As a member of the Assembly he has served as Chair of the the Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Energy, Climate Crisis and Transportation.

He has also served on numerous committees, including those on Higher Education, Business & Professions and Local Government.

Bloom announced his candidacy in the race for County Supervisor in January 2021, saying he was running "to build on Supervisor Kuehl's progressive legacy and tackle the many critical issues that we face."

Bloom has not said if he plans to make an endorsement in the District 3 race.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that Bloom's current term ends in 2024. It ends in January 2023 when a new Assemblymember is sworn in.

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