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Councilwoman Janice Hahn for lieutenant governor?

Councilwoman Janice Hahn for lieutenant governor?

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has established an exploratory campaign committee for a possible run for California lieutenant governor in 2010.

Hahn has served on the council since 2001, representing a district that stretches from San Pedro to Watts, and has one of the most recognizable political names in Los Angeles; she’s the daughter of the late Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and the sister of former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn, who is now a superior court judge.

Hahn filed papers with the California secretary of state for “The Janice Hahn Lieutenant Governor 2010 Exploratory Committee,’’ which has not reported any political fundraising activity.
Hahn in March was reelected to a third four-year council term, and is scheduled to be term-limited out of office in 2013.

Hahn, who lives in San Pedro, ran for Congress as a Democrat in 1998, narrowly losing to Republican Steven T. Kuykendall of Rancho Palos Verdes.

If she decides to run for the statewide office, Hahn’s biggest challengers for the Democratic nomination would, thus far, be state Sens. Dean Florez of Shafter, who has banked more than $872,000 in his campaign account, and Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, who has just under $27,000 in his account, according to state election records.

On the Republican side, the challengers include state Sen. Jeff Denham and Jim Battin, a former state senator from Riverside County.

Contribution to this article also came from-- Phil Willon at L.A. City Hall reporter LA TIMES