Local lawmakers plan to tackle a variety of issues in 2012, not the least of which may be campaigning for re-election.
Prominent U.S. Congressional Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) will be facing off against each other in an open primary in June. The two Democratic heavy-hitters were drawn into the same district after a citizens’ committee revised legislative district boundaries in California earlier this year.
GOP challengers Susan Shelley and Mark Reed also plan to enter the race for the new 30th Congressional District, which includes part of western Burbank.
The first day candidates can pull papers to run for office is Feb. 13.
That may not be the only politically-divisive local race. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who will be termed out in 2012, has been seeking endorsements from Democratic organizations for the Senate seat in the new 25th District, where he would square off against incumbent and longtime political ally Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge).