April 20, 2024 8:37 am

Southern California Congressional Races Heat Up as Candidates Vie for Open Seats

In four Southern California congressional districts, voters will cast their ballots to select candidates for the November elections, as several House members are not seeking reelection. Notably, Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter are both running for the U.S. Senate.

In the 30th Congressional District, which spans from West Hollywood to Pasadena, a diverse field of 15 candidates is vying to succeed Rep. Schiff. Among them are notable Democrats such as former Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, and West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne.

Meanwhile, in the 47th Congressional District, which includes areas from Seal Beach to Laguna Beach, the competition to succeed Rep. Porter is fierce. Four Democrats, three Republicans, and three candidates with no party preference are in the race. Notable candidates include Sen. Dave Min, voting rights advocate Joanna Weiss, former Assemblyman Scott Baugh, and business owner Max Ukropina.

Min’s recent plea of no contest to driving under the influence has stirred controversy and prompted criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Weiss has capitalized on the incident in her campaign messaging, while Republicans have questioned Min’s judgment.

Porter has endorsed Min, expressing confidence in his ability to represent the district. The race has garnered significant attention, with both parties viewing it as a top priority.

In other districts, retiring Reps. Tony Cárdenas and Grace Napolitano have endorsed successors, adding further dynamics to the electoral landscape. As voters head to the polls, these races will shape the future representation of Southern California in Congress, with candidates from various backgrounds competing for the opportunity to serve their communities.