A GOP challenger has thrown her hat in the ring in the race for the redrawn 30th Congressional District, going up against Democratic power players Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in an open primary in June.
Susan Shelley of Woodland Hills describes herself as a social moderate, supporting gay and abortion rights, but a fiscal conservative.
Shelley said the demographics of the district give her a good chance to emerge from the open primary as one of the two candidates moving on to the general election in November 2012.
The new 30th district includes a sliver of western Burbank, but mostly covers southern and western San Fernando Valley.
In an open primary, voters are not limited by party affiliation.
Democrats make up roughly 50% of the district, Shelley said. About 25% are Republicans and another 25% identify as “decline-to-state.”
If Berman and Sherman split the Democratic vote, a Republican who appeals to independents could finish second in the primary, Shelley said, nudging out one of the Democrats.