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Posted: February 18, 2008 3:33 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2008 5:04 a.m.
As presidential primary results trickle in and candidates vie for delegates, many voters regularly ponder: What exactly is a delegate, anyway?

For candidates running for a seat in the Los Angeles County Central Committee's 38th District, the answer is crystal clear.

If elected, the Central Committee members will determine the delegates who represent California's Democrats and Republicans at their respective presidential conventions this summer.

"It is the super body of the party where all of the strategy happens," said Democratic candidate Carole Lutness. "The business of party is conducted through the county committee system."

As of Tuesday morning, two Republicans and five Democrats filed nomination papers to seek positions on the County Central Committee for the 38th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Republican candidates are Bob Hauter of Santa Clarita and Kevin D. Korenthal of San Fernando. For the Democrats, five candidates formally filed nomination papers, including: Isaac Lieberman (Valencia); Carole L. Lutness (Valencia); David Lutness (Valencia); Bruce David McFarland (Santa Clarita); Lynne A. Plambeck (Santa Clarita).

While these seven candidates filed their nomination papers on Monday, additional candidates may still file their paperwork until the March 8 deadline.

Up to 14 candidates (seven for each party) will represent the 38th District.

The county central committee is the official political organization within the county.

The county central committees are essentially the braintrust of the party.

"We are responsible for making sure that party understands the needs of the people," Lutness said.


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