Jeffrey Prang has been in and around the halls of city, county and state government for almost 25 years as both an elected official and senior administrator. If elected as L.A. County Assessor on Nov. 4, he would represent more people as an openly gay elected official than Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
In the trajectory of his political career, Prang, a West Hollywood City Councilmember since 1997, didn’t aspire to be County Assessor, but he stepped up when he realized other candidates were not as qualified for this seemingly mundane, incredibly important job. In 1992, he had worked for then-Assessor Kenny P. Hahn and returned two and a half years ago to help fix the office after the scandal surrounding John Noguez, who is awaiting trial on multiple felony counts of bribery. (Noguez has denied the allegations.)