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L.A. Councilwoman Janice Hahn to run for lieutenant governor

December 29, 2009 |  6:09 pm
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn announced Tuesday that she is entering the race for California lieutenant governor.

The Democrat, daughter of the late Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and sister of former L.A. Mayor James K. Hahn, said she has hired veteran Democratic consultant Garry South as her chief strategist.

Hahn, whose City Council district stretches from Watts to the harbor, joins a growing field of likely candidates for the seat in the 2010 election.

State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) was appointed to the post after Democrat John Garamendi was elected to Congress this year. Maldonado has said he intends to run for the seat in the June primary, regardless of whether the Legislature approves his appointment in the interim.

Republican state Sen. Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley has also expressed interested in the job, as has Democratic state Sen. Dean Florez of Shafter.

-- Jean Merl