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Candidate to replace Jane Harman in Congress urges supporters to battle proposed Wal-Mart

April 6, 2011 | 12:26 pm

Teacher and antiwar activist Marcy Winograd, one of the most prominent of the special election candidates to replace former Rep. Jane Harman, is urging her supporters to help fight a Wal-Mart proposed for Torrance.

"I may be running a campaign to win a congressional seat, but I am very concerned about Wal-Mart's reputation for not providing nighttime security in its parking lots, increased traffic and the possibility that another big-box store will hurt small businesses in Torrance," Winograd said Wednesday in a statement urging her volunteers to join residents battling the proposed store.

Acknowledging that the decision is "ultimately up to the residents of Torrance," Winograd, who lives in Santa Monica, just outside the 36th Congressional District, urged locals to join "our campaign to strengthen the local Torrance economy, help workers keep decent jobs and stop Wal-Mart before it's too late."

Meanwhile, the two other prominent Democrats on the May 17 special primary ballot continued to battle for endorsements.  On Tuesday, Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn announced backing from the Service Employees International Union California, the largest union in the state. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen answered with an endorsement from the Torrance Police Officers Assn., the largest law enforcement group wholly in the South Bay. 

-- Jean Merl