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Manhattan Beach mayor ups the ante on state Senate race



Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, left, has been endorsed by South Bay Congresswoman Janice Hahn in her campaign for a state senate seat.
Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, left, has been endorsed by South Bay Congresswoman Janice Hahn in her campaign for a state senate seat.
Amy Howorth campaign

Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth loaned her state senate campaign  $100,000 this week, according to a campaign report filed with the Secretary of State.

The Democrat and onetime Manhattan Beach school board member is running in the 26th State Senate district to succeed Ted Lieu, who is pursuing a seat in Congress.

The money is an indication Howorth intends to be taken seriously in a race that opened up only weeks ago, said her campaign consultant, Dave Jacobson.

That hundred grand could turn out to be just a drop in the bucket in a competitive race. Former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who is also running to succeed Lieu, spent more than $2 million in her narrow 2012 loss to Richard Bloom in the 50th Assembly District. Butler has raised $255,000 so far for the senate race, said campaign manager Andrew DeBlock.

Seven Democrats, including attorney and women's rights activist Sandra Fluke, have taken out papers to run in the district, which includes Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and coastal cities south to Lomita. No Republicans have declared as candidates.