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Valley voters weigh in on Sherman-Berman congressional race

November 6, 2012 | 11:40 am

Voters lined up at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in Woodland Hills, where several precincts were combined in a large meeting room at the 53-year-old St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Comercio Way.

"I was fourth in line, maybe fifth," said Morton Roberts, 46, a Woodland Hills insurance agent. He cast his ballot for Barack Obama, he said.

"I like what he's done so far. I don't think any one person could have fixed what he had to deal with in one term," Roberts said.

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Waiting at 7 a.m. in a line of about 60 people that snaked into the church parking lot was Joe Perdenza, a 43-year-old banker. With him was his 6-year-old daughter, Ella. At home was her twin brother, Rocco.

"Ella says she likes Mitt Romney," Perdenza said. "Rocco says Mitt Romney doesn't understand women. That comment was unsolicited this morning at the breakfast table."

His vote, Perdenza confided, was going to Barack Obama.

And in the hotly contested Woodland Hills congressional election where Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are running for the same seat, he was voting for Berman. Referring to a campaign debate confrontation at nearby Pierce College, where Sherman angrily put his arm around Berman, Perdenza explained his rationale.

"Berman seemed to be the least hostile in that confrontation," he said.

Kimberly Wedding was one of those still-undecided voters. At least she was hoping to vote.

"I just got married. I didn't get a sample ballot in the mail," said Wedding, a 36-year-old entrepeneur after studying a map showing the four precincts voting at the church. "My neighborhood is not shown. "They told me I can vote provisionally."

Wedding also wasn't certain who she would vote for to be the West San Fernando Valley's 30th Congressional District representative.

"Berman or Sherman? I don't know. I wish I had a third choice. I wish I was running for that job," Wedding said.

In Studio City, Rick McNally, a 66-year-old Vietnam War veteran, said he chose Brad Sherman in the hotly contested race for the 30th Congressional District.

The Studio City resident, who lives in Sherman's old district, said he picked the familiar face and the candidate he says has more Valley ties.

"He is more hands-on here in the Valley," McNally said, shortly after voting at a polling place along Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. "He has more town hall meetings. He is more accessible."

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-- Bob Pool in Woodland Hills and Andrew Khouri in Studio City

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