(CNN) – Soon after Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn had settled in as the new congresswoman for California’s 36th District, it was slated for eradication. The district she was elected to serve was chopped up by redistricting–leaving Hahn to dust off her running shoes and launch a new congressional campaign.
Thursday she received a boost from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, who endorsed her candidacy.
“Janice Hahn believes that the government can play a key role in helping to get our economy moving again,” he said. “That’s why it was a no-brainer for me to endorse Janice, because I know she’ll fight for more jobs and Los Angeles, in Congress.”
Villaraigosa also endorsed Hahn’s candidacy for the 36th District congressional seat and her previous, unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor.
Hahn won the race to fill former Rep. Jane Harman’s seat in a special election following Harman’s departure from the House of Representatives to head the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank.
After winning a contentious primary battle against California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Hahn advanced to the general election and faced Republican opponent Craig Huey as GOPers tried to pick up the much-needed House seat.
But roughly one month after her victory, Hahn’s district fell prey to the consequences of redistricting, and was eliminated. The current 36th District was divided into three separate districts for the 2012 congressional election.
She is now competing for the new 44th District congressional seat. The district includes a swath of southern California, from Orange to Riverside Counties, and the cities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Watts, and Compton.
Hahn lives in San Pedro and announced her candidacy for the 44th District in mid-August. She will face Rep. Laura Richardson in the Democratic primary, as well as state assemblyman Isadore Hall.
Richardson has served the 37th District of California, which currently includes Long Beach, for three terms in the House. She announced her intention to run for the new district in July, as did Hall, who represents Compton in the state assembly and has picked up the endorsement of the California Legislative Black Caucus.
There are a lot of people who will lose their seat because of redistricting. This one is no different.
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