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Congressional candidates tout backers

November 7, 2011 |  2:50 pm

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) continued to add to her endorsements in what is so far a three-way fight among Democrats for the newly drawn 44th Congressional District next year.  Hahn recently  announced backing from Alex Rooker, first vice-chair of the California Democratic Party, and Ray Cordova, chair of South County Labor, along with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18.

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach) also is running but faces a House Ethics Committee investigation, announced last week, into whether she improperly used congressional staff and resources for reelection purposes. The third Democrat is Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton, who had the most cash on hand of the three; according to the Federal Election Commission, Hall had more than $126,000 in his treasury as of the Sept. 30 end of the latest reporting period.

The new district runs from the L.A. Harbor area to South Gate and Lynwood.

Things are heating up in another newly drawn congressional district, the 41st  in Riverside County, where Democrats hold a 7% registration advantage. Riverside Community College District Trustee Mark Takano, a Democrat, recently won backing from Marta Macias Brown, widow of  former longtime Democratic Rep. George Brown. Takano ran twice against Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona). 

The Republican in the race is Riverside County Supervisor John F. Tavaglione. In addition to the city of  Riverside, the district includes Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley.

- -Jean Merl