By The Editorial Board, The Daily Breeze
Steven Bradford and Warren Furutani, former legislators and solid Democrats, are running for the 35th District state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Isadore Hall.
This editorial board endorses Bradford, who was a member of the California Assembly from 2012 to 2014 and briefly a candidate for this Senate seat two years ago to clear a path for Hall.
The race has shaped up to be one of two insiders, with Furutani, a former Los Angeles Unified School District board member, painting himself as the environment and education candidate, while Bradford calls himself a pragmatist and is being backed by the Democratic machine.
Bradford, probably best known for authoring a bill that gives bicyclists a three-foot safety zone, has spent most of his political life on the Gardena City Council and is attuned to affordability issues facing low-income residents.
The biggest problem with Bradford is that he is part of a dysfunctional Democratic machine. Since dropping out of the 2014 race, he has been allied with Rep. Janice Hahn and Hall. The three all back each other and are essentially riding a comical merry-go-round with their elected posts — Bradford going for Hall’s state Senate seat, Hall running for Hahn’s congressional seat and Hahn shooting for a vacant seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Bradford introduced legislation that gave the Los Angeles Airport Police authority equivalent to that of other municipal officers, such as the power to seize weapons. He tends to be more locally focused.
For Furutani, who has jumped from public office to public office, the biggest success in three terms in the Assembly was a pension reform bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012, that required state employees pay at least half of their pension costs.
That same year, he lost his bid for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council to Joe Buscaino. Now, with the possibility of a run for council out, he is taking a shot at the state Senate.
Of the four candidates in the June primary, Bradford emerged as the leading vote-getter with 35.6 percent, and Furutani received 24.4 percent to earn the other spot in the general election.
We recommend a vote for Steven Bradford on Nov. 8.