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Jarvis group picks GOP favorite in crowded 'Berman-Sherman' race

April 12, 2012 |  4:40 pm

Susan Shelley, candidate in the race for California's 30th Congressional District
Susan Shelley, one of three Republicans in an election battle dominated by Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, scored a big-name endorsement recently -- that of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.

“We believe you will be an excellent representative for taxpayers,”  Jarvis leader Kris Vosburgh wrote in a letter informing Shelley  of backing by the group’s political action committee.

The association is  named after the late leader of the “taxpayers revolt” that resulted in voters’ approving the property levy-slashing Proposition 13 in 1978, and its endorsement is often coveted by candidates describing themselves as fiscally conservative.

Shelley, an author and blogger making her first bid for elected office, says she is  a social moderate but a fiscal conservative.

Shelley also recently released a new, free ebook, “Uncle Sam’s Nickel: The Five Percent Flat Tax That Will Restore Freedom and Prosperity.” 

Most of the attention in the race for the newly drawn 30th Congressional District in the San Fernando Valley has gone to the better known -- and much better financed -- Sherman and Berman. The district is strongly Democratic, but that hasn’t kept others from entering they race.

The other Republicans on the ballot are  businessman/rancher/actor Mark Reed, who ran against Sherman in 2010, and restaurateur Navraj Singh. Also running are college professor Michael W. Powelson, a member of the Green Party, and another Democrat, gardener Vince Gilmore.

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--Jean Merl

Photo: Congressional candidate Susan Shelley. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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