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Valley Democratic group backs Brad Sherman in new District 30 race

November 8, 2011 |  3:08 pm

Results are in for an early test of grass-roots party support in the high-decibel clash between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, and the advantage goes to Sherman.

The Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley voted Monday night to back Sherman, of Sherman Oaks, over his longer-serving colleague, Berman, of Valley Village, in next year’s election for the newly drawn 30th Congressional District. Politics watchers are expecting this intraparty fight to become one of the costliest House races in history.

Both candidates had sought backing from the area organization, which represents 27 Democratic clubs in the Valley. More than 62% of the organization’s executive board members voted to endorse Sherman, his campaign announced Tuesday.

In a statement about the endorsement, Agi Kessler, the organization’s chair, said, “Brad Sherman represents the best of Democratic values, a passion for social justice and an unwavering dedication to protect those who are shut out and excluded.”

Two Republicans also are running in this strongly Democratic district, which lies entirely within the Valley.

-- Jean Merl