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Santa Monica State Representative Richard Bloom Backs Greuel for Congress

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By Jason Islas
Lookout reporter

March 19, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who represents the bayside city in the State Assembly, weighed in on one of the State’s most hotly-contested political races Monday.

Bloom, whose Assembly District includes Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Brentwood and West Hollywood, endorsed former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel in the race to replace retiring veteran U.S. congressman Henry Waxman, as the representative of California’s 33rd Congressional District (CD).

Greuel is one of 25 candidates vying for Waxman’s seat, which is open for the first time in 40 years.

“Wendy will be a fighter for us in Washington DC, on issues like getting traffic moving again in the Westside and improving our environment," Bloom said in an official statement released by the Greuel campaign Tuesday.

“From Malibu to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica to the South Bay, Wendy Greuel is the leader our district needs,” he said. “There is no one more qualified to fill the shoes of Congressman Henry Waxman.”

Only the top two vote-getters in the June 3 primary election, regardless of party affiliation, will go on the November ballot.

Bloom backed Greuel, a Democrat who made a strong showing in her bid to become LA’s first female mayor in 2013, over the California Democratic Party’s official candidate Ted Lieu, who represents Santa Monica and the South Bay in the State Senate.

Lieu has the backing of Bloom’s former colleague, Santa Monica City Councilmember Kevin McKeown. Councilmembers Tony Vazquez and Ted Winterer, who were elected to the City Council in 2012 when Bloom stepped down to run for State Assembly, also back Lieu.

While Lieu has represented the coastal cities for much of his nine years in the State legislature, Greuel’s turf is in the Valley.

A native of the San Fernando Valley, Greuel represented L.A. City Council’s 2nd District from 2002 to 2009. At the time, her district included Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills and parts of Studio City, Van Nuys and North Hollywood.

Lieu and Greuel are two major candidates in one of the most crowded California political races in a decade.

Also running for Waxman’s seat are journalist and host of NPR's “Left, Right and Center” Matt Miller, Human Rights Attorney Barbara Mulvaney and 10 other Democrats. Self-help guru Marianne Williamson is running as an Independent.

Also in the race is L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr, a Republican. Other Republicans in the race are Patrick Kilpatrick, Lili Gilani, and Kevin Mottus.

Michael Ian Sachs is running as a member of the Green Party and Mark Matthew Herd is running as a Libertarian.

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