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Women's group supports both candidates in Valley congressional race

November 5, 2012 |  4:06 pm

Voters who haven't yet made up their minds between the two liberal Democrats vying for a San Fernando Valley congressional district seat shouldn't expect much help from the California chapter of the National Organization for Women.

That group announced Monday it is supporting both Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, praising each man's  record on issues important to women, including choice and job discrimination.

The two are locked in an increasingly contentious, high-spending race for the 30th Congressional District.  Redrawn political maps put their homes in the same district and the state's new "top two" primary system sent them both to Tuesday's general election.

"With redistricting. we find ourselves in the inevitable  position of losing one of these pro-women voices in Congress, " California NOW President Patty Bellasalma said in a written statement.

"The truth is," Bellasalma continued, "when one of these legislators loses the election tomorrow, women in California -- and across the nation -- also lose."

The San Fernando Valley chapter of NOW  announced last month that it was endorsing Sherman, calling him “a real champion for women.”


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Photo: Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum earlier this year. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times