OAK PARK, CA (May 8, 2012) -- The day vote-by-mail ballots go to the voters in Ventura County, Democratic Congressional candidate Julia Brownley announced that she has been endorsed by both Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in the race for California’s 26th District.
“Julia Brownley has been a champion for education in California and her leadership in Congress will be crucial to reforming federal education programs. We share a commitment to addressing the rising costs of a college education, improving academic achievement for low-income students, and ensuring that public schools have a reliable and steady source of funding. I am proud to endorse Julia and look forward to working with her as our next member of Congress from Ventura County,” said Senator Feinstein.
“I enthusiastically support Julia Brownley because if there is one thing we need in Congress now it is someone who will stand up and fight the extreme Tea Party agenda,” said Senator Boxer. “We can count on Julia to protect California’s environment, women’s health, and Medicare for our seniors, which have been under unprecedented attack by the extreme right. The people of Ventura County deserve a leader like Julia representing them in Congress—and I look forward to working with her when she gets here.”
“This is a transformational moment for Ventura County, as it is the first time in over two decades that a Democrat who shares and will fight for the values of its residents has an opportunity to represent the district in Congress,” said Brownley.” I am deeply honored by this show of support from Senators Feinstein and Boxer and am looking forward to working with them in Congress on the critical issues facing our community and our nation.”
With the retirement of Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly, California’s newly drawn 26th Congressional district officially becomes an open seat that favors Democrats. The 26th Congressional District has earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) highly competitive Red-to-Blue program. The district has a 5% Democratic registration advantage and is one that President Obama won by 16% in 2008. The Cook Political Report rates the district as a “Democratic Toss Up” making it one of the top pick up opportunities for Democrats in 2012.
Brownley was elected to the Assembly in 2006, after being elected three times to serve as a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board member. After graduating with a B.A. from George Washington University’s Mount Vernon College, and earning an M.B.A. from American University, Brownley worked in marketing in private industry. Brownley has two grown children, Hannah and Fred.