Neophyte Democratic candidate joins Berman/Sherman race


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If the battle between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman of Valley Village and Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks for a newly drawn San Fernando Valley congressional district is a clash of two Goliaths, as some have suggested, then the contest just got another would-be David.

Vincent Gilmore, a 31-year-old gardener who lives in Van Nuys, recently announced that he is making his first bid for elected office by joining what is expected to be one of the costliest, most watched House races in history. The Democrat said he isn’t taking donations and is spending as little as possible ‘for ethical reasons.’ He’s relying mainly on a website -- -- and YouTube videos to reach voters.


Also running in this heavily Democratic district are two Republicans: actor/businessman Mark Reed, who lost a previous congressional race to Sherman, and writer Susan Shelley.


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