Official 33rd Congressional Candidates List Released

The eight candidates include veteran congressman Henry Waxman, attorneys and businessmen. The top two vote-getters in the June primary will advance to the general election in November.

Henry Waxman, a long-serving Democratic representative, will go up against seven other candidates in the race to represent much of the Westside, South Bay and Malibu area in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013.

The California Secretary of State released the certified candidates list for the June 5 primary Thursday evening.

The field includes candidates from across the newly carved out 33rd district for the U.S. House, the boundaries for which changed dramatically this summer based on 2010 Census data.

Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes and the northern part of the district that included slivers of Marina del Rey and Venice has been drawn into a largely coastal district that will now also include Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood,  Beverly Hills, and the smaller communities of Brentwood, West L.A. and Pacific Palisades.

In a nutshell, here's who threw a hat in the ring:

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary election. The June 5 primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, as well as state Senate and state Assembly seats.

The winner of California's 33rd congressional race will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 3, 2013. The expansive district is heavily Democratic. Of the 430,618 registered voters, only 28 percent are Republicans. 

Elections will also be held this year for 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S Senate. Incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein's will run for reelection.

In the spirit of keeping news community-oriented, Los Angeles area Patches will focus their election coverage on races with local ties, including the U.S. House and California Assembly.

Correction/clarification: The spelling of Steve Collett's name was incorrect in an earlier version of this article.

Carol Elliott March 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Waxman needs to go. Been in power way too long. California is in decline and he is one of those who contributed to it. Wake up - time to clean house......
Steve Collett March 30, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Any of the candidates in CA-33 would be a much better alternative to the status quo of more wars, more deficit and less to show for it than Waxman. I applaud everyone for stepping up for their community and trying to make it a better place! I have helped influence public policy in regards to our prison industrial system and our war on drugs, as well as pledge to find ways to reduce our spending immediately. I am a defender of those who cannot defend themselves, including animals and the environment, and hope to help my community here at home and our community at large that we share with the rest of the planet. For more information about my candidacy, please visit www.ElectCollett2012.com. If you would like a yard sign for your lawn or to place in your window, please visit our Facebook Page and let us know so we can send you any materials to help you help us help you... in Washington! Let's send a strong message to Mr. Waxman and ever other incumbent that has lost sight of who they are supposed to represent. We look forward to hearing from you so we can take a strong, united message to Congress from California's 33rd District, one of the most beautiful districts in the country, and together we can begin to solve problems locally that our current representative has failed to address for the last 35 years, and in many cases, voted to increased our debts and our wars while leveraging our children's future in the process. I look forward to meeting you!
Karen April 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
So you're saying Waxman hasn't held a real job in the real world since prior to 1969? Or ever? That explains why he is so completely out of touch with anyone that he is supposed to be representing. He is a do-nothing and know-nothing, who doesn't bother to respond to his constituents when they don't agree with him. Anyone, of any party, would be better than reelecting him.
Jake Rome April 01, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I think that all 3 campaigns are doing such a great job stoking grass roots activism by posting in the comments or having paid staffers do so. The passion they each inspire in area residents is quite obvious.
Tara Margolin April 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Stu April 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Have you previously held elective office?
Stu April 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Have you previously held elective office?
joninla April 19, 2012 at 08:10 AM
I heard a rumor that due to the redistricting that took place, parts/all of West Hollywood will no longer be part of Waxman's District??? In any event, as a senior member in Congress, like him or not, he has the ability to 'get' more for California (projects, budgets, legislation) than any freshman newbie would have. No pun intended, but let's not cut our nose off to spite our face. We will lose a lot of power when Waxman goes (now or in the future). Not a fan of his, but practically speaking .....
Ivan Chan April 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
You can try this one. http://nirl.eu/DT
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 23, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I am the strongest candidate to bring fresh, nonpartisan representation for this new district. I have not held previous office, and that's a blessing because it means I am not bought an paid for by lobbyists, unions and political action committees with agendas that don't align with the new 33rd Congressional District's. Moreover, the founders of this country intended for any U.S. Citizen over the age of 25 to be able to represent communities in Congress so that the person could be a "true representative," which with nearly $2 million from unions and PACs, Rep. Henry Waxman is no longer. Congressman Waxman has done a lot of great things in his time. But he is totally out of touch with the needs of our district. He recently voted against the JOBS Act, and was one of the 28 representatives out of 435 in Congress to do so. We never even received an explanation why, and the JOBS Act gives small business owners greater access to capital in the private sector, which is exactly what they need. Find out more about what I will do in Congress here: www.ObagiForCongress.com I promise transparency - a clear reason on every vote I make, why I voted yay or nay, even it is just that I did it as a favor to another representative. If I meet with lobbyists - which is doubtful - I will record and make public what they pushed for, and how it affected my decision. It's time for "This Millennium's Democrat."
Jim Light April 23, 2012 at 06:46 PM
While I am a Republican, I do not just vote the party, I vote based on my assessment of the individual's running. I am very impressed with Mr. Obagi's open opposition to a new power plant in Redondo. I am also interested in where he stands on other issues like keeping LA AFB open, health care, etc. So far the other Democrat and Republican candidates have given us typical political doublespeak and tap dancing with no commitment to either side of the issue. I am very impressed with Obagi's courage to take a position and openly advocate it publicly. Assuming, I like what I hear on other issues , I will likely cast my vote his way.
David W. Steinman April 25, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Hi Stu! I represented the public interest at the National Academy of Sciences for over two years in Washington advising Congress on enacting safe food legislation and was chairman of Citizens for Health for two more years fighting for health and medical freedom. I have run the Freedom Press, publisher of the national magazine Healthy Living for over ten years and have created more jobs than most any of the other candidates. When you or your family go to the supermarket and buy shampoos such as Herbal Essences or Pantene of baby bubble bath or shampoo they no longer have dioxane, a cancer causing chemical, or vastly reduced amounts, thanks to my consumer advocacy work, using California state law, to force companies like Procter & Gamble to reformulate their products and make them safe for ourselves and children. I am the only candidate who actually has real roots in the community, was born and raised here in the 33rd district, and I think I have so much at stake that I have to make things work for all of us what with three children in public schools, a business employing some 20 people here in the community, home, etc. I have put forward what I hope is the most visionary plan for a better environment and energy independence for our community and as a stimulus for the nation. Stu, I hope this gives you the answer you were looking for. Please do visit me at www.steinman2012.com or better yet volunteer and help us put the first Green in congress. Thank you.
Dennis Martz April 25, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Continue his work in Congress? I think Karen hit the nail on the head with this one. Waxman has become entrenched in the game of American politics and has become utterly detached from his constituents--he lives in a mansion on the east coast. I could maybe let that slide if he was a senator, but this is our REPRESENTATIVE. He represents such a small and diverse, yet heavily populated area of this nation but never sees the consequences of the decisions he makes for our community. I think it's about time for Waxman to come home from his Washington endeavors and witness the havoc his policies have wrought on this town over the last 35 years, and what the legislature he has voted to approve has caused. He needs to peer into the empty storefront windows of the brick-and-mortar establishments in our community and re-think the way he represents his people. But we all know that will never happen. He even replied with a stock response to an invitation to the congressional debate a few weeks ago. I wish Southern California would wake up and stop electing this guy into congress. To quote Waxman in regards to a Cap-and-Trade bill he co-authored: "Well...I certainly don't claim to know everything that's in this bill, I know that we left it to uh... we relied heavily on the scientists." That's it, Waxman doesn't write bills, he let's the scientists do it...they have such great experience with writing legislature.
Dennis Martz April 25, 2012 at 07:38 AM
BTW, I fully support David Steinman to represent the 33rd district in congress. He is NOT a career politician (a blessing for us), but he is darn good at making big changes for the people and the communities he cares about. He has taken on big corporations to make sure the products we use on our bodies are as safe and non-toxic as possible, lives right in Topanga, has great plans for reviving our brick-and-mortar establishments and has the necessary experience in Washington to influence other lawmakers as he did on the National Academy of Sciences. There's a reason we have term limits on our nations leaders, why don't we have them on representatives? After 35 years and 2,500 miles they lose sight of who they are fighting for. It's time for a change, we need to end Waxman's reign. David Steinman is the name.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 25, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Thank you Jim. Unlike many of the other candidates in this race, perhaps with the exception of Bill Bloomfield, I have not pledged to gut the military budget - which is why you see David Steinman dodging the issue above. I am a fiscal conservative, but I will not put us at risk by being fiscally smart, or cause us further job losses in the local defense sector. I know defense is one of the last great engines in our local economy. If the LA AFB base were to close, then there would undoubtedly e a number of defense and aerospace companies to close their doors too, soon thereafter. THAT SIMPLY CANNOT HAPPEN, AND I WILL NOT IT HAPPEN. Closing the LA Air Force Base would mean we were no longer committed to space exploration; this while N. Korea tries to launch missiles into space. That would be foolish. We must stay the world's leader in space and air defense, especially as studies show a great resource for developing nuclear energy safely – Thorium -- is ample on the Moon. It would be shortsighted to give up our edge. Did you know that the West LA VA is also on the proposed chopping block - that the GSA wants to sell that property to lessen the gap in our budget? How about the House Oversight Committee actually do its job (not http://obagiforcongress.com/2012/04/24/rep-henry-waxman-wasting-government-resources-house-oversight-committee/)? And we won't have to sell off assets vital to our veterans' welfare to make up for perpetual wasteful spending.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 25, 2012 at 08:35 AM
I support health care for everybody in America, but it must be a sustainable policy. With the 2700-page long Affordable Care Act, and projections all over the place, we have no idea what ACA is going to cost us. We cannot let insurers deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions, and we must get affordable premiums to individuals. We'll get a Supreme Court decision on ACA soon enough (two circuit courts voted against it, two circuit voted in favor of it). If ACA is upheld, then I will fight in Congress to get the bill revised to cut out all the special-interest flack, and ensure that the bill is economically sustainable. If ACA is struck down, then getting to universal healthcare must come together with other substantial reforms such as making sure the Mitt Romney's of America don't pay a 15% tax rate. We need a flatter fairer SIMPLE income tax, which will generate more revenue than increasing the marginal tax rate on any group would generate. We also need to get our immigrant community invested in this country and get them a path to citizenship, because they're not contributing their fair share. Of course, that means we will also need to stop illegal crossing - yesterday! It's just not realistic that we can get real universal healthcare without addressing our tax inequities, and the population that lives and works here but does not contribute to the tax pool.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 26, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Here is why I am not a Libertarian: (http://obagiforcongress.com/2012/04/13/well-intended-poorly-thought-pledge-candidate-steve-collett/). I respect Libertarians' views, but Steve Collett's foreign policy is plainly dangerous. Kent, I am not categorically opposed to school vouchers but they are not my first choice. There are other viable options including charter schools, which are not bound by the same collectively-bargained restraints as other schools. When charter schools are encouraged and established, unions will necessarily have to assess the reason for this, and respond to people who want school principals and school boards to have a greater control to promote our meritorious educators, and release the minority of those who are ineffective. But, for the record, I do disagree with your premise that our schools get enough money. They don't. Our teachers are paid too little, can hardly afford to live in Southern California. Our children are the next generation who will have to lead America in trade, technology, health, law - you name it. Smarts start young, and we need happy, well-trained and focused teachers to teach our kids smarts. They can't be focused if they don't know how they're going to pay the bills next month, and they won't feel appreciated when they are amongst the lowest paid civil servants in the state.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Mr. Obagi, you write, "Our teachers are paid too little, can hardly afford to live in Southern California." It's true that anybody these days can hardly afford to live in California. That's because of politicians who tax more than necessary and spend more than they have, due -- in part -- to a citizenry eager to vote for so-called "entitlement" hand-outs. Check the statistic regarding educators as wage earners in the United States. California ranks second in the nation in wages paid to educators. A few years ago, California educators were the highest paid. In the state of Texas, there are fewer educators per student than in California -- yet the kids are testing better. The teachers union has a hearty grip on us. The teachers are paid second highest in the nation and their pensions are extraordinary. The teachers union has an immense amount of money to pour into media TV commercials to get the legislation and politicians they want. In every ad they preach, "Do it for the children." In reality, sixty percent of students in the LA Unified School District are failing. Throwing even more money at educators and administrators (protected by tenure, a union, and not paid on a merit system) doesn't help the children.
John April 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
In what way have you influenced public policy with the war on drugs?
Agoura Charger April 27, 2012 at 05:29 PM
If it is true that this "immigrant" community is a community of criminals then we all should be hauled off to jail. You, me, and just about everyone that has come to this country. Let's not get immigrants confused with undocumented workers in the country illegally and racism that follows with it. Our state benefits from migrant workers filling jobs that otherwise would not be done. Prices would greatly increase on things such as groceries, construction, and travel. The answer to the "illegal" immigration problem is not black and white. To round them all up and deport them is not the answer. Children that were brought here through no choice of their own have grown up to become educated and can be a benefit to our society just as most immigrants have in our history. They should be allowed to obtain citizenship along with all other normal hard working law abiding person through the normal process. With them being documented and able to pay into the tax base makes more sense. Also note that there are all types of people driving around without car insurance. Should they be deported too? I would sure like to know who's campaign you are working for.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
To Agoura Charger: If you went to France illegally, without a passport, you would expect to be deported. It's the right of a country to know who's in the guest book. Mexico defends their southern border with lethal force when folks enter illegally. They have that right. "Undocumented alien" means someone who is illegally -- criminally -- in a country. If the exodus to leave the state of California resulted in Americans moving illegally to Mexico, be assured that the Mexican government would not provide health care, education, social services, and so forth. The Americans would be jailed, deported, or both. Those illegally in our country are absorbing our tax dollars by perhaps 30 billion dollars just in California every year. They crowd our Emergency Rooms without paying. They crowd our school rooms without paying. Many crowd our prisons. They raise my cost of living. I resent that. I'm not against anyone legally living and working in our country. If Scandinavian people were here illegally, destroying our economy, i would want them out too. You make this a racist issue. It's not. It's a legal issue. People who follow the law and immigrate here LAWFULLY are quite welcome. Why allow any class of people to break the law? THAT sounds racist to me. Also, the illegal ones working take jobs away from our U.S. citizenry. It's tough to compete for a job when an employer can save money by paying an illegal under the table and avoid paying FDIC and other obligations. That's not fair.
Agoura Charger April 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Kent, if your posting did not have the undertones of racism, your example would not be using Mexico. Not all illegal immigrants in the country are from south of the boarder. Some are students that have overstayed their visas from other countries. Your cost of the illegal immigration problem to California seems a bit over stated. From what I have seen it is more like 9 billion. No, the amount of money is not ok but let me ask you this. Would it be better to get tax dollars from that could be accurately documented and beneficial for our economy, or would it be better to have businesses, industries, and the California economy collapse if tomorrow every single undocumented worker was suddenly gone? There is a reason these people do the jobs they do. No one else will. That's a fact. Maybe back in the days after the Great Depression it would be different but our society today does have that same level of work ethic. Alabama has already experienced the economic side thinking that way. We should be able to find a way to allow those that chose to be here in pursuit of what is a human need, to have a better life, to get employment status to work here. Back ground checks will help take care of the ones we need to get rid of. It would not be amnesty across the board but would give them a path to citizen ship if they choose so or not. Either way, social services would be getting the tax dollars they do not get now.
Agoura Charger April 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Oh by the way Kent, I still am waiting to hear what candidate above you are working for or endorsing.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM
No incumbent, of any office, at any level of government, from any party, should remain. I work for no candidate. And no congressional candidate wanting to represent the citizenry of our district has impressed me yet.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry April 28, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Agoura Charger, why should one not use Mexico as an example? To allow any segment of population privilege due to ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, age, or nationality is to be racist or elitist. Preferential treatment based on race is being racist. That's the definition of racism. It's a simple and obvious fact. Really, I'm sure that you must quietly admit that to yourself. I can't think of anybody from anywhere in the world who should be allowed to break the law. You say that Americans won't do the jobs offered to the illegal trespassers being paid under the table. Tell that to the American union Electrician or licensed contractor who can't compete with the guys standing on the corner at Home Depot. Tell it to the licensed painter who must compete with the guys in the parking lot of Supreme Paints. Convince the students working through school why they shouldn't have as many choices. Why would you want to put immigrants at the front of the line for citizenship who are criminals -- because they are here illegally -- and keep those hopeful immigrants who try to lawfully become United States citizens at the back of the line? Why reward bad behavior?
Agoura Charger April 28, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Kent, no reward for bad behavior is being given. Let's get rid of all the undocumented immigrants. I'm sure you will be first in line to fill the job positions vacant for picking crops in the fields, cleaning hotel rooms, fast food, gardening, the list can go on and on. Any other answer would contradict your statement. You used Mexico as an example because that is how you view the subject and it is stereotypical. If all these people left tomorrow, there would be a an outcry due to how fast prices would go up on all sorts of items. You can not deny this. Document them, tax them, and secure the boarder better. There is no other choice and to believe the Tea Party mantra is only fooling yourself. The reason I ask about who you are endorsing out of the candidates above is due to how personal your inquiries sound.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 28, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Mr. McCaman, I am flattered that you think teams worked on my statements on this site. Thank you, that is one of the highest compliments I have received in this campaign yet. It is me and me alone who has written, revised and posted every word here. And, I will fire back at Rep. Henry Waxman just as well as I did with you, which is why I am the candidate to put through to November on June 5th. I am not sure what happened to the comments. When I have deleted comments, it has been to fix typos and repost them. Perhaps I failed to repost the comments. I understood yesterday from speaking with a CA UTI Rep that after 3 years many teachers in LAUSD seek to become administrators, and that's why the LAUSD administration is so bloated. That's a bad policy to allow them to do that; if they don't wan to teach, they should move out of education. Not be moved into a position to preside over it. Moreover, in a second breath, the same rep. said that the scandal at Miramonte Elementary occurred because there was only one administrator in that school. So I was confused, and it looked like a lack of personal responsibility plus a cover up, which is the case not only in LAUSD but also in Congress. Mr. McCaman, I encourage you to "be the change that you wish to see in" America. Join my campaign as a volunteer, and influence it from within. I'm not an ideologue, and I follow logic, well. info@ObagiForCongress.com <-- I read it, not staff.
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Agoura Charger, What issues are important to you, and what questions can I answer for you to earn your vote? - Zein
Zein E. Obagi Jr. April 30, 2012 at 09:18 AM
If anybody would like to join my campaign, or support it, this is a great opportunity to come to a fun event, support my entirely grassroots campaign, hear from some great speakers including a former Director of Policy for the Department of Homeland Security and meet great people: http://www.paperlesspost.com/p/3a1c1e069a. Join my winning campaign! Steve, David you are both welcome to come.
Agoura Charger April 30, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Zein, I can say I am on the skeptical side of voting. After some years I still have yet to see actual changes to our system. There are too many special interest groups involved. I will do not along party lines. We need to take care of our schools but there must be accountability for non performance. I do not mind more tax dollars going towards education but I do think throwing hand over fist fulls of dollars will improve the situation. Our coast line is becoming a landing area for drug smuggling and this needs to be stopped. The water run off after storms pollute our beaches to the point that I certainly would have reservations eating fish caught below the county line of Ventura/LA counties. Considering newly elected officials quickly find out how different it is to say what you are going to do from what they can actually get done, how will your agenda be any different? We need people that will be able to work with both sides of the isle without just joining in on the status quo.


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