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Labor groups back different candidates in race for new congressional district seat

October 20, 2011 |  6:49 pm

In the early battle for the new 44th Congressional District seat, Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) has picked up support from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, her campaign announced this week. Until now, the lion’s share of labor endorsements have gone to Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro).  Hahn announced three more this week — Unite HERE, United Steel Workers  and  the Transportation Communications Union. Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) also is running for the seat in this district, which includes the Los Angeles Harbor Area, Carson, South Gate, Compton, Lynwood, parts of Long Beach and Walnut Park.  

Labor support is likely to be an important factor in this largely working-class district. The district was drawn earlier this year to favor the election of an African American, but the citizens commission charged with creating the new political maps put Hahn’s home here after decimating the mainly coastal South Bay district she was elected to represent in a July special election. Hahn is white with strong ties to the area’s black community through her father, the late longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. Richardson and Hall are black.

-- Jean Merl