Green Party of California

Green joins crowded field in 37th Congressional District Special Election; War, climate change among major issues candidate will address


LONG BEACH (May 23, 2007) - Clinical social worker Daniel Brezenoff, a member of the Green Party of California, has announced his candidacy in the 37th Congressional District Special Election to replace Juanita Mellender-McDonald (D), who died of cancer in April.

Brezenoff becomes one of 19 candidates in the June 26 election in a district that encompasses South Los Angeles and Long Beach. If no candidate garners more than 50 percent, a runoff between the top vote-getters in each party will be held in August.

At least 55 California Greens hold elected office currently in the state, including five mayors or mayors pro-tem, 11 members of city councils/boards of supervisors and 13 on boards of education.

A campaign worker for Green Party and progressive Democratic candidates, Brezenoff opposed the war in Iraq before it began and has written extensively about climate change. His platform emphasizes sustainability, peace and social justice.

Brezenoff has taken a stronger stand opposing the war than others in the large field, and has also taken firm positions on lesser discussed issues, including prison reform, the war on drugs, immigration, public health and patents, torture, and campus recruiting. Brezenoff is a strong supporter of LGBTIQ equality and women's reproductive health rights.

Brezenoff has selected a diverse campaign staff for his grassroots campaign, including Donna Warren, former Green candidate for Congress and Lieutenant Governor, and Families To Amend California's Three Strikes, as his campaign treasurer, and Long Beach native Steven Delgado, a former campus activist and close friend of Brezenoff's, as campaign manager.


Campaign Contacts:
Daniel Brezenoff Campaign Headquarters: (562) 433-5794
Daniel Brezenoff, Candidate: (310) 422-2211,
Steven Delgado, Campaign Manager: (562) 433-5794

Crescenzo Vellucci, State Press Office, 916.996.9170,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles), 310.270.7106,
Dr. Bob Vizzard (Sacramento), 916.206.8953,
Daniel Brezenoff (Southern California), 310.422.2211,
Susan King (San Francisco), 415.823.5524,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437