Rep. David Dreier's redrawn district under a proposed map would be heavily Democratic and have a majority Latino voting population.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cárdenas wasted no time in announcing his candidacy for that seat on Friday. “People have been urging me to run for Congress, and I’m very proud to have the chance to be the first Latino to represent the San Fernando Valley in Congress,” said Cárdenas, a former state Assemblyman, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Should he run, insiders said state Sen. Alex Padilla (D) would be a top contender for the same seat. Berman’s brother, Michael Berman, drew the state’s Congressional lines in 2001. Just one incumbent lost in the past 10 years, which was one reason California voters approved this new process.
The commission, which has been meeting since January and holding hearings around the state, applauded its effort following the vote to approve the first draft of the map. Like its other meetings, the vote was webcast for all to see, unlike the redrawing of the maps in previous decades.
“There is a lot of good stuff in these maps, definitely, but I’m sure there’s a ways to go,” Johnson said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.