Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn will face Tea Party candidate Craig Huey in the runoff election for Congress in California’s 36th District, according to the final primary election results released today by the L.A. County Registrar of Voters.
Councilwoman Hahn finished in first place, with nearly 25% of the vote, and Tea Party candidate Craig Huey came in second with 22%. Secretary of State Debra Bowen finished a close third, with 21% of the vote.
Hahn said, “I want to thank Secretary of State Debra Bowen for running a good and tough campaign. Together, we put a bright spotlight on the need to focus our nation’s attention on jobs and the economy, healthcare, and protecting our environment. The voters have spoken, and it’s clear that they agreed with our message.”
During the primary election, Hahn released a plan to create 25,000 green jobs in the district by investing in high-tech, alternative energy technologies. She pointed to new clean energy startup businesses like Balqon industries in Harbor City, a maker of electric truck engines, as shining examples of how to create good jobs in the South Bay while helping to protect the environment.
“I want to bring the $10 billion per month we are spending in Iraq and Afghanistan home to invest in clean energy and green startup businesses,” said Hahn. “We have the opportunity to create an entirely new, environmentally-friendly, industry right here in the South Bay, and I don’t want to miss it.”
According to Hahn’s Green Job’s Plan, titled, “A Plan to Reinvest at Home Instead of Spending on Wars Abroad,” she wants to improve federal funding and regulatory policy for green energy, promote “local energy,” create a stable clean energy market, invest in American innovation, build the Green Infrastructure of Tomorrow, and level the playing field with Big Oil. The plan is available at http://janicehahn.com/issues/green-jobs-plan/.
Anti-war candidate Marcy Winograd came in fourth place, garnering 9% of the vote.
Hahn continued, “Marcy and I agree on a number of things, and I respect and admire her dedication to ending the wars abroad. I’m looking forward to working with her throughout the runoff election, and will always keep my door open to her in Congress.”
“I also want to thank Dan Adler for running a spirited and energetic campaign, and look forward to campaigning with him in the run-off,” Hahn added.
Councilwoman Hahn also thanked the other candidates on the ballot in the primary election, and congratulated Tea Party candidate Craig Huey on making the runoff. Hahn said that she looks forward to discussing the policy differences between her and Huey.