Janice Hahn wins special election, now heads to Congress

Posted July 13, 2011

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn ('74) beat back a surprisingly strong challenge from businessman Craig Huey in a nasty fight for an open congressional seat in California. With all the votes counted, Hahn (D) beat Huey (R) 55 percent to 45 percent, or 41,585 votes to 34,636.

Hahn called the victory bittersweet, because of her mother's death on the eve of her victory. She told the Associated Press that the loss of her mother "was devastating to me, so it was the strength of the thousands of volunteers who were campaigning for me that carried me across the finish line."

"We are proud of Janice's accomplishment and the way she and her family continue to serve the citizens of California," says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. "ACU's history is replete with students, staff, faculty and graduates who embrace the selfless nature of public service, and who have done great things in the process of advancing the communities in which they live."

Read more at the ACU Today blog and in the Washington Post.