A onetime aide to former Rep.
But this is no grudge match, activist Marc Litchman said Thursday. His main goal in challenging Rep.
"Elect me to
"Students and teachers will perform better, parents will be more involved and our communities will make a stronger investment in a local school district that is easier to manage and can be held accountable for academic excellence and achievement," Litchman added.
His campaign slogan? "Size matters."
Sherman and Berman clashed famously in a bruising intra-party fight for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat after the state's redrawn voting maps put them in the same strongly Democratic district. A new "top two" primary system had them battling it out right up until the November general election.
Litchman, 55, a Democrat, said he worked in Berman's district office from 1986 to 1990. He is the founder of a nonprofit land trust to acquire property for new schools.
In what seemed reminiscent of his former boss' campaign playbook, Litchman, in his campaign announcement, took some swipes at Sherman before returning to his main theme.
"Let Washington wallow in partisanship and petty politics," Litchman said. "Our work is here, at home, rebuilding our public schools and providing our children with the finest education possible."