Heading into the final stretch of his campaign for the Los Angeles City Council, Mike Bonin announced U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman's endorsement on Friday, Feb. 22.
Waxman, one of the Westside's most prominent political figures, rarely endorses in local races, according to Bonin campaign. Waxman said Bonin will be a powerful advocate for neighborhoods who can broker solutions to long-standing problems and move Los Angeles forward.
"I am pleased to endorse Mike Bonin for the Los Angeles City Council," Waxman said. "Mike knows his district, champions its neighborhoods and shares its values. Mike has the energy, experience and skills to get things done. I am looking forward to working with him, and partnering on a range of issues, including environmental stewardship, job creation, Santa Monica Airport and providing more services for our veterans at the West L.A. VA."
Waxman represents California's 33rd Congressional District, which large parts of the 11th District, including the Brentwood, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Venice and West LA. He joins an endorsement list that also includes U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn, former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the Sierra Club and Los Angeles firefighters and police officers.
"I am genuinely humbled by Congressman Waxman’s endorsement,” Bonin said. "He is a homegrown leader with national stature. His legislative achievements have touched people’s lives, improved the quality of their health care and improved our environment. I am eager to be his local partner in improving the quality of life for all our constituents."
Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women's health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs and community rights to know about pollution levels.
Bonin currently serves as Chief Deputy to retiring Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who has strongly endorsed Bonin to succeed him.