Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Monday endorsed California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in the 36th district special election.
“I’m proud to endorse Debra Bowen — an intelligent, humble and passionate public servant who has the courage to stand up to the special interests and has the record to back it up,” said Dean, a former Vermont governor. “We simply cannot afford to let the opportunity to send a progressive leader like Debra to Washington pass us by.”
Dean’s Democracy for America, which has about 7,000 members in the district, endorsed Bowen last week.
Bowen is running against several other candidates in the all-party special primary on May 17 to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D), who announced her retirement in early February. Unless a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will advance to a July 12 special general.
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.