In a release emailed to the Jewish Journal this morning, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) has announced endorsements from five well-known California Democrats in his bid for reelection in the newly redrawn 30th congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley.
Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Diane Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Rep. Henry Waxman have all joined Berman’s effort as “honorary co-chairs” of his campaign.
Another Jewish, Democratic incumbent, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks), is also running for reelection in that district, and the head-to-head competition is an unwelcome development for Democratic party leaders and Israel supporters alike. But neither candidate appears willing to step back from his claim on the 30th district.
Here’s the statement from Berman spokeswoman Gabby Adler:
Berman Announces Five Prominent Dems as Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Congressman Henry Waxman Endorse the Re-election of Congressman Howard Berman
Los Angeles, CA - Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) announced today that five prominent California Democrats will help lead his reelection effort. Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and Congressman Henry Waxman will serve as honorary campaign co-chairs for Berman’s re-election campaign. Congressman Berman has made clear his plans to run for reelection in the newly created 30th Congressional district which includes the communities of Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Winnetka, West Hills, Reseda, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills.
“I am honored to have received the early support of the Democratic leaders of our state of California,” said Congressman Berman. “They are familiar with my work and accomplishments, and understand that in Congress I am not just another voice or another vote, but that I have a unique leadership role that enables me to serve the interests of the United States, California, and the San Fernando Valley.”