Several new congressional districts in Los Angeles County have resulted in districts with two incumbent candidates, creating provocative races throughout Los Angeles County.
Calif. Congressional District 44 (CA-44)
The race to win CA-44 is probably the most covered democrat versus democrat race in the Golden State. Rep. Janice Hahn, the incumbent currently serving CA-36 is running against the incumbent Rep. Laura Richardson from CA-37.
Congresswoman Hahn, the daughter of the late County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and brother to former Mayor Jim Hahn, joined Congress in 2011 when she won the special election to fill Rep. Jane Harman’s seat. Govtrack.us describe the congresswoman as a moderate Democrat.
Congresswoman Richardson is similarly described as moderate Democrat. Hahn and Richardson share other similarities. Both are on the House Committee on Homeland Security. Both were first elected in a special election. Both were at one point city council members, Richardson in Long Beach and Hahn in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately for Richardson, recent years have seen her embroiled in political scandal. This month, Richardson was listed in the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s (CREW) “Most Corrupt” report.
This controversy, stemming from accusations of improper use of aides, continues to plague the congresswoman. Still, the race is competitive as Richardson finds political allies, including members of the Legislative Black Caucus.
Calif. Congressional District 30 (CA-30)
Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are both seasoned representatives that have had to deal with redistricting in the past. Serving the San Fernando Valley, Sherman and Berman share more commonalities then just weirdly similar last names. Both attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Both went to law school. Both have powerful endorsements.
In the case of Rep. Sherman, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1997, endorsements are coming from the Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
For Rep. Berman, who was first elected in 1982, the longterm congressman was able to capture the coveted endorsements of Senator Boxer and Feinstein.
Both candidates are aptly qualified, but, endorsements aside, Sherman seems to be slightly leading. Following last nights debate, however, things could change.
To learn more about Calif. redistricting, click here.