The Washington Post political column, "The Fix," tabs two Southern Californian mayors among its list of 40 politicians under 40 to watch. The list is alphabetical, so none of the candidates can claim to lead the list.
Among the 20 names rolled out Monday are:
- Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, who won the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's backing to replace Republican Rep. Gary Miller in a district covering Rancho Cucamonga and the West end of San Bernardino County. He placed third in the 2012 race for Congress. He is now running in a crowded field of four Democrats and three Republicans for the June 3 primary.
- Compton Mayor Aja Brown, a career development official for several cities who successfully ran for mayor of Compton against Omar Bradley, a former mayor with huge local name recognition (and a record of facing corruption charges). Brown's family left Compton after her grandmother was killed in a home invasion crime, but she moved back several years ago. Her challenge is to get the city to lift itself out of economic doldrums and lower the violent crime rate.
The rest of the list comes out Tuesday and Wednesday.