FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2015
Contact: Mike Trujillo
mike [at] barraganforcongress [dot] com
Former CA-44 Candidate Bill Orton Endorses Nanette Barragán in Primary
SAN PEDRO, CA – Congressional candidate Nanette Barragán (D-San Pedro) — who helped lead the fight to stop oil drilling in local neighborhoods — picked up a rare endorsement from a former competitor, when Long Beach writer Bill Orton gave his support to Barragán, in front of several hundred people gathered to hear the four Democrats in the race to succeed Janice Hahn.
“Bill Orton possesses an unmatched depth of understanding about this district, its residents, and their needs,” said Barragán. “I am thrilled to have his support.”
Orton spent 15 years working as a staffer to five members of the state legislature, and did public relations for the union that represents west coast dockworkers.
“I entered this race to push my opponents into telling voters what they would do in office,” said Orton, a former president of the Long Beach Democratic Club, and author of three novels.
In his speech to members of the San Pedro Democratic Club, Orton said that the person elected to fill the 44th district seat is likely to hold that seat for many terms.
“Voters only get this one chance to choose who will represent them for decades,” said Orton. “I’m heartened by Nanette’s agenda and am proud to back her.”
Barragán, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. She worked her way through UCLA and law school at USC before becoming a long-time advocate for the environment and the first elected Latina member of the Hermosa Beach City Council. She was also a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay.
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