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Central Valley congressional race draws another candidate

January 24, 2012 |  2:38 pm

Chamber of Commerce executive John Hernandez, a Democrat, said Tuesday he will run  for the open seat in the newly drawn 21st Congressional District in the Central Valley.

Hernandez heads the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and describes himself as a “pro-small-business candidate.”  Assemblyman David Valadao (R-Hanford) also is running for the seat,  and former state Sen. Dean Florez was said to be considering joining the race.

In the Los Angeles area’s newly drawn 44th Congressional District,  Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) continued to rake in endorsements from other elected officials  in her contest with Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach).  Hahn recently announced backing from  Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek), Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

And in the newly drawn, open 47th Congressional District, Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong, a Republican, announced that he has been endorsed by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.  Among others running in the Democratic-leaning district are former Republican Rep. Steven T. Kuykendall of Long Beach and  state Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach).


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