Janice Hahn

After only three years in Congress, and citing gridlock in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, that she is running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (2014 file photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Staff reports
Posted: 02/18/15, 7:58 AM PST

Confirming months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn announced her candidacy today for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Hahn, elected to Congress three years ago, is seeking the seat currently held by Supervisor Don Knabe, who will be termed out of office next year in a district that stretches from the coastal South Bay through Long Beach and as far east as Hacienda Heights.

If Hahn wins, the five-member board would have a majority of women for the first time in its history. Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis both captured seats last year. The primary election is in June 2016.

In a statement today, Hahn expresed frustration with the gridlock in Washington, D.C.

“The problem is, Washington is broken, it’s increasingly mired in political gridlock, and there’s virtually zero cooperation between the two parties,” she said. “That’s not the kind of government I grew up with, and it’s precisely why I know I can do more for the Los Angeles region on the Board of Supervisors.”

Speculation has been brewing since last year that Hahn wanted to exchange her Capitol Hill digs for an office in the county Hall of Administration building that is named for her father, legendary Supervisor Kenneth Hahn.

Hahn said her father “developed a long history of delivering results for the folks he represented. This is a legacy I have fought hard to continue throughout my career.”

“With so much brinkmanship in Washington, I am confident that I can get more done for our region back here at home, serving in local government. It’s in my blood and my DNA.”

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