Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Gay CA House candidate Mike Gin to debate opponents March 24, watch online

Out Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin will debate his opponents in the special election for a  southern California House seat this Thursday, March 24 and the forum will be screened live over the Internet.

The progressive and LGBT-friendly Courage Campaign is hosting the forum, the first held among the candidates seeking the state’s 36th Congressional District seat south of Los Angeles along the coast.

Along with Gin, a Republican (pictured at right), three of his Democratic opponents have agreed to take part: Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, and Marcy Winograd, a union leader.

Two other Republicans in the race, Redondo Beach City Attorney Mike Webb and Hermosa Beach City Councilman Kit Bobko, declined to participate in the forum, which will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Pacific time Thursday night.

It will be streamed live at and will be moderated by Courage Campaign Chairman and Founder Rick Jacobs, with questions coming from the advocacy group’s more than 4,000 members within CA-36.

Questions for the candidates may also be submitted at, or by tweeting the question using the hashtag #Courage36.

Last week Governor Jerry Brown scheduled the special primary election for the seat, which was vacated by longtime House member Jane Harman, for Tuesday, May 17. If no one receives 50 percent plus one of the vote, then the top two vote-getters will face off in a special general election July 12.

Harman, a Democrat, left to lead up a Washington, D.C. think tank. Hahn has lined up considerable support among Democratic leaders throughout the state, while Bowen recently nabbed the endorsement of openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

While he appears to face an uphill climb due to the low GOP registration within the district, Gin announced last week he had already raised more than $100,000. He is on leave from his job as field director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.

Should he be elected, Gin would be the fifth out member of Congress and the only out GOP member to be currently serving.

The 36th Congressional District includes the cities and communities of Venice, Mar Vista, portions of Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Lennox, portions of Inglewood and Hawthorne, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Wilmington and San Pedro.

— Matthew S. Bajko, March 21, 2011 @ 4:40 pm PST
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