Just one month after Rep. Janice Hahn was elected to Congress’ 36th District, a commission dismantled her district and pushed the former Los Angeles City Councilwoman into a race with fellow Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson.
Hahn and Richardson are running against one another in the new 44th District, which includes South Gate, Lynwood, Carson and San Pedro. Hahn was elected to Congress last July to fill a vacancy left by Jane Harman.
Richardson was first elected to the 37th District in 2007. She serves on the Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.
Richardson is also the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation regarding allegations she had staff members work on her campaign on government time. She has denied those charges.
California’s new primary system means that the top two vote-getters will advance to the November election. As the only two candidates in the race, Hahn and Richardson will face off again in November.