Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
Councilmember Steve Bradford
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass Endorses Gardena Councilmember Steve Bradford for 51st Assembly DistrictState Assembly's top official calls Bradford a "proven, tested local government leader who helped guide his city back from the brink of insolvency."Gardena City Councilmember Steve Bradford announced he has been endorsed by state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, widely regarded as one of the most powerful political leaders in California, in his campaign for the 51st Assembly DistrictCouncilmember Bradford seeks to succeed state Senator Curren D. Price, Jr. in the Assembly's 51st District. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a proclamation setting a November 3, 2009 date for the special general election in the 51st District. The special election primary will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2009.In making her endorsement of Councilmember Bradford, Speaker Bass said, "Steve Bradford is my choice for the 51st District. He understands the challenge of providing residents with essential services in the midst of a government fiscal crisis. He helped guide the City of Gardena through significant financial challenges. His efforts helped the city successfully emerge from difficult and trying times. Steve Bradford is a proven leader who has been tested at the local level. We need his leadership skills and experience in the state Assembly.""I have known Steve Bradford for 20-years. He is connected to the community. He understands the struggles of working families. He has worked to protect jobs in his city and provide living wages for employees. Creating new jobs and aiding small businesses are among his top priorities, and that bodes well for his current constituents and those he seeks to represent in the 51st Assembly District," Speaker Bass added.Councilman Bradford said, "I am deeply honored to be endorsed by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass. Her compassion and caring for less fortunate Californians was a part of her makeup before she assumed political office, but her personal and political empathy for people seeking to overcome long odds in their lives has grown stronger during her tenure in the State Legislature. When you're endorsed by Karen Bass, that is like getting the 'Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval' in politics, and I'm proud to receive her support."