Three Santa Monica City Council members have announced their support for State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Santa Monica, who is running to represent the city by the sea in Congress.

Kevin McKeown, Ted Winterer and Tony Vazquez are backing Lieu in the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman, who represented the Westside for 40 years. All three mentioned Lieu’s history of fighting for his constituents.

“I endorse Ted Lieu for Congress because he has consistently championed the priorities of constituents in Santa Monica and the district,” Winterer said. “He has repeatedly taken on air and noise pollution issues, is a fighter for sustainability and open space, and has stood up to powerful interests on behalf of his constituents. I know Ted will be an outstanding member of Congress and I am proud to endorse him.”

Lieu’s current district comprises more than 80 percent of the voters in the 33rd District. Lieu is a long-time resident of the district, an Air Force veteran and has served time on the Torrance City Council, State Assembly and the California State Senate.

Lieu is facing off against former L.A. City Controller and Councilmember Wendy Greuel, new age author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson and columnist and author Matt Miller, who was the host of KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center.” Republican Elan S. Carr, a deputy district attorney and Iraq war veteran, is also running, along with independent Brent Roske, an entertainment industry executive and director.

The 33rd District runs from Santa Monica and Malibu through the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and goes as far east as Beverly Hills. It also includes Calabasas and Westlake Village.

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