Race to succeed Henry Waxman gains candidate, momentum

The list of would-be successors to longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) continued to grow on Monday.

Attorney Barbara Mulvaney, a fomer senior trial attorney for the United Nations Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and on the staff of the State Department in Iraq until just recently, said she is running and has already begun raising money.

Mulvaney, 62, whose mother, the late Julie Mulvaney, worked for  longtime local elected official Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and then-Los Angeles City Councilwoman Pat Russell, grew up in the area and said she plans to settle in Venice.

She becomes the third Democrat to announced since Waxman said last week he would step down. Former L.A. controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel  and state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance said last week they are in, and at least  six  other candidates are considering the race for the 33rd District seat.

Democrats are facing a deadline this week for applying for the state party's endorsement in the June 3 primary election.

Before the 74-year-old Waxman's announcement that he wouldn't seek another term, two nonpartisan candidates already were campaigning.  They are best-selling author/spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson and TV producer/director Brent Roske.  

A third nonpartisan candidate, businessman and former Republican Bill Bloomfield of Manhattan Beach, said last week he was exploring entering the race. Bloomfield  ran a strong campaign against Waxman in 2012, spending more than $7.5 million of his own money.

Williamson had raised $382,000, including a $30,000 loan from herself, by the end of last year, documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show.

On Monday, Lieu rolled out more endorsements to add to the more than 25 he announced when jumping into the race late last week.  They are from Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) and Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution, a group battling jet traffic at Santa Monica Airport.



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