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Labor backs candidates in congressional races

November 10, 2011 |  4:00 pm

Labor groups are continuing to choose sides in some of next year’s hot congressional contests:

--The  California Assn. for Professional Employees has decided to back Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) over Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) for the newly drawn 30th District, in what many expect will become one of the costliest, hardest fought House races in history.

--The Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 105 has endorsed Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) in her expected three-way battle for the new 44th District. Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) and Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) also are running.

--More than dozen unions  recently announced support for Democrat Mark Takano, a Riverside Community College District board member who is running in the new 41st Congressional District. Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican, also is running.  Among the groups backing Takano are the Amalgamated Transit Union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Locals 440, 477 and 47, and United Steelworkers.

--Jean Merl