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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.