February 19, 2015

 

By Kenneth D. Miller 

Assistant Managing Editor 

 

State Senator Isadore Hall has announced that he is running for the 44th Congressional seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Janice Hahn’s bid to run for Los Angeles County Supervisor.

 

Three months ago, Hall was elected as State Senator in a landside and now the Compton Democrat is taking yet another step on the political rung.

 

“I’m running for the 44th Congressional district seat to continue Congresswoman Hahn’s legacy of fighting for disadvantaged and middle class families, and to give a voice to those without one,” Hall said in a statement.

 

Hall won his seat in the California Senate in a special election in December. He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Sen. Rod Wright, after being termed out in the Assembly. Hall was also and on the school board and city council of Compton.

 

Hall’s bid for the House opens up an opportunity for Steve Bradford, who termed out in the Assembly to now bid for Hall’s Senate seat in the Capitol.

 

Hahn said Feb. 17 that she would forgo a congressional reelection campaign next year and instead run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, following in the legacy of her father, the late Kenneth Hahn, who served for four decades.

 

“My father developed a long history of delivering results for the folks he represented,” Hahn, a San Pedro Democrat, said in a statement. “This is a legacy I have fought hard to continue throughout my career.”

 

The county’s 4th District includes the South Bay beach cities, Marina del Rey, Artesia, Long Beach, Torrance, San Pedro and Norwalk, among other communities.

 

A former Los Angeles City Council member before running for Congress, Hahn brings considerable name-recognition to the race.

 

“The problem is, Washington is broken. It’s increasingly mired in political gridlock, and there’s virtually zero cooperation between the two parties,” Hahn said. “That’s not the kind of government I grew up with.... I can do more for the Los Angeles region on the Board of Supervisors.”

 

Bradford announced his intention to seek the California’s 35th Senate district seat in 2016.  The 35th district includes Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington.

 

“I’m excited to announce my campaign for California’s 35th Senate district seat in 2016,” said Bradford.

 

“I’m equally pleased to be able to share with you that this announcement comes with the support of two very important people—Congress member Janice Hahn (CA-44) and Senator Isadore Hall III (D-35).”

 

Bradford was the first African-American elected to the Gardena City Council and successfully served for 12 years

 

Hall will give Blacks another powerful voice in congress and also one who represents a new generation of leaders and the only Black male of the contingent of representatives in the House from California. 

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