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Adam Schiff to face six contenders in primary election

Race for seat representing redrawn 28th district is sure to get interesting.

April 08, 2012|By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) is facing six opponents to represent the redrawn 28th Congressional District, but they will have to overcome incredible odds and funding disadvantages to mount a serious challenge to the long-time congressman.

Schiff raised $725,559 in 2011, bringing his total campaign cash on hand to more than $2.1 million, according to the Federal Election Commission.

He’s also led several high-visibility initiatives in the past several months, such as working to stop proposed funding cuts to Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars program and pushing the U.S. Forest Service to reinstitute night flights when battling wild fires.

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“I think it will be an exciting campaign,” Schiff said. “I look forward to meeting my opponents and discussing the issues.”

Three local residents have entered the Congressional race.

Jonathan Kalbfeld, who lives in La Crescenta, is a software engineer at JPL and owner of Thoughtwave Technologies, which provides a variety of services including web hosting and secure voice and video communications.

Kalbfeld, a Democrat, said he supports returning the top tax rates to their pre-2003 levels and rolling back the tax cuts approved during the Bush administration.

He also believes in reproductive choice, marriage equality and gun rights. He wants to restore funding to NASA because he feels space exploration has inspired generations of children to excel in math and science, which he says is key for the United States to remain an innovative country.

Glendale resident Garen Mailyan, a Republican, is a security officer who holds a master’s degree in political science from Cal State Northridge.

He believes the U.S. government should take a more direct role in printing currency and that the Federal Reserve and IRS should be dissolved.

He thinks banks should not be able to loan more money than they have available in actual deposits, and he would work to disband groups that he feels are working secretly to create one world government.

Massie Munroe, a civil engineer who lives in Glendale, was born in Tehran and speaks five languages from that region.

A Democrat, she would support the advancement of nano-technology to revive the county’s struggling economy. She would also work to improve the U.S. education system by basing it on newer technologies, and would strive to pass bills that enhance women’s rights for all ethnic groups.

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