In a special election yesterday for California’s 36th Congressional district, Democrat Janice Hahn defeated Republican Craig Huey by 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent. Hahn, a Los Angeles city councilwoman, is a firm supporter of women’s reproductive rights, fair pay, and equal education. Hahn also supports preserving Social Security and promoting green technology and jobs. Representative Jane Harman (D-CA) previously resigned this seat earlier this year in order to head the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank.
During her campaign, Hahn stated, “with the recent attacks on a woman’s right to choose by extremists in Congress, it’s clear that we need to send more pro-choice leaders to Washington. I will protect a woman’s right to choose and beat back any attempts to strip groups like Planned Parenthood of the funds they use to provide women’s reproductive health care to women who can’t afford it anywhere else.”
Hahn was endorsed by the Feminist Majority PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, and EMILY’s List. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, stated, “Republican self-funder Craig Huey would add ranks to a party currently waging war on American women and families and attempting to end Medicare as we know it. Janice is the progressive leader that California families deserve.”