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Redondo city attorney becomes first Republican to enter race to succeed Democratic Rep. Jane Harman

February 17, 2011 |  3:17 pm

Redondo Beach City Atty. Mike Webb said Thursday that he will seek to succeed retiring Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), becoming the first Republican to get into the race in the strongly Democratic 36th Congressional District.

Webb joins several Democrats who have said they are running in the yet-to-be-called special election to replace Harman, who plans to resign Feb. 28 to lead a Washington think tank.  Most prominent among the Democrats are Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

Several others, including some more Republicans, are considering whether to enter the race. Once Harman leaves, the governor will have 14 days in which to call a special election.

Webb, first elected city attorney in 2005, previously served as Redondo Beach city prosecutor.

He said he wants the congressional job "to step up and help solve the serious issues facing our nation and our congressional district."

Jean Merl