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Hahn, Richardson, Takano, Kuykendall announce endorsements

December 1, 2011 |  6:51 pm

Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) racked up endorsements from three other elected officials as she seeks reelection from a newly drawn congressional district in southeast Los Angeles County.  They are state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles).

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach),  one of Hahn’s rivals for the 44th Congressional District, which runs from the Los Angeles Harbor area to South Gate, announced backing from the National Assn. of Letter Carriers, Branch 1100.  The district, although heavily Latino, is one of three in the Los Angeles area drawn to favor the election of an African American. Richardson and a third candidate, Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Compton) are black; Hahn is white.

In a newly drawn Riverside County congressional district, community college board member Mark Takano won support from several area Democratic clubs.  They are Democrats of Greater Riverside, United Democrats of Moreno Valley, Riverside County Young Democrats and Inland Counties Stonewall Democrats.  Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican, also is running in the new district, the 41st.

On the Republican side, former lawmaker Steven T. Kuykendall  has received the endorsement of former Assemblyman Van Tan (R-Garden Grove).  Kuykendall,  a businessman and Marine Corps veteran who formerly served in the state Assembly and Congress, is running for the House again, this time from the newly drawn 47th District in Long Beach. Several others are planning to seek the seat, including state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach).

--Jean Merl