The landscape for the 2012 election is uncertain for local members of Congress, but Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) has the biggest war chest for whatever battle he has to wage.
Sherman has nearly $3.1 million in his campaign account, far more than his legislative neighbor, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), or the next legislative neighbor over, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), whose district includes La Cañada Flintridge.
With the election 18 months away, it is too early to know who will challenge the incumbents. And with the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission expected to draw new political boundaries later this year, the lawmakers do not know the exact territory they hope to represent.
Los Angeles County may lose a congressional district, as the population has grown in the Inland Empire and Central Valley. Dreier’s territory may go farther into San Bernardino County. Schiff, in a fundraising letter, told potential donors his new district may include traditionally Republican communities to the east. Burbank, shared by Sherman and Schiff, may be placed in a single district.