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More endorsements in next year's congressional races announced

October 25, 2011 |  3:53 pm

Candidates in what are expected to be some of the area’s hardest-fought congressional races next year are continuing to line up backers:

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), who is seeking reelection in a new district that stretches from the Harbor Area to South Gate, announced additional support this week, including that of Laborers Union Locals 300 and 802. Hahn also won backing from Long Beach City Councilmembers Robert Garcia and Gerrie Schipske and from South Gate City Councilmen Gil Hurtado and Henry Gonzalez.  Also seeking the seat are Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton).

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced the endorsement of EMILY’s List, a national organization that raises money for pro-choice women candidates. Capps’ once strongly Democratic district has been redrawn and includes a larger proportion of Republicans. She is facing competition from former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and businessman Tom Watson, both Republicans, in the new 24th District.

State Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) has received the endorsement of state Sen. Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles) in Calderon’s bid for the newly drawn 38th District. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Lakewood) also is running for the seat, setting up an intraparty fight in next year’s election.

-- Jean Merl