33rd District candidate Marianne Williamson wants to change the dialogue in Congress

When Marianne Williamson began her campaign for Congress in the 33rd District last year, it was a decidedly different race.

She was an upstart, an independent and the best known of two candidates challenging Henry Waxman, a veteran Democrat who has spent the past four decades in Washington. It wasn’t clear that she could beat Waxman, but with relatively few candidates in the race, she had a good chance of advancing into the November general election.

The landscape is much different now. Waxman announced his retirement in January, and the field ballooned. Eighteen candidates are now on the June 3 primary ballot, several of whom have a decent chance at advancing to November. The top-tier candidates include Williamson, Democrats Matt Miller, Wendy Greuel and Ted Lieu and Republican Elan Carr. The district stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula through the South Bay beach cities to the Westside, parts of the San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills.

Williamson said she doesn’t mind the new competition. She said she has enjoyed the campaigning, the debates and the interaction with her competitors.

“Running for office is not easy, and I have respect for all of the other candidates because I know what they are going through every day,” she said. “Being out with people in this process that is really the essence of democracy is a reminder that there is something important going on here.” ( read more here)

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