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Berman's wife helps lead effort to woo female voters

August 1, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Howard_janis-366x299Janis Berman has found a new way to stand by her man.  She's co-chairing  a "Women for Berman" campaign group and has sent emails to  supporters of her husband, Democratic Rep. Howard Berman, as he fights for his political life in the fall election.

"I'm proud of the work Howard has done over the years, but his continuous and unfaltering support of women's rights and equality stand out most to me," Janis Berman wrote in announcing the launch of the campaign group and a website, Women for Berman.   Among the 15 other co-chairs are actress Morgan Fairchild, former Burbank Mayor Mary Lou Howard and politically prominent attorney Lisa Specht.

Berman is competing with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the same San Fernando Valley-based House seat. Last year's redistricting put their homes in the same district and neither was willing to run elsewhere; the result is one of the most watched and  expensive congressional races in the country this year.

Sherman finished 10 percentage points ahead of Berman in the June primary and Berman has been pulling out all the stops lately to battle back.


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Photo: Howard and Janis Berman. Credit: Howard Berman campaign