SOURCE: Cummins & White, LLP

Cummins & White, LLP

February 21, 2012 11:00 ET

Cummins & White Adds New Political Clients

Will Advise Candidates in Two Hotly Contested Congressional Races

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2012) - Cummins & White, LLP, a well-known diversified full-service business and insurance law practice, today announced that partner Michael Houston, head of the political law practice area, will serve as legal counsel and adviser to two candidates running for separate high-profile U.S. congressional seats in California.

The candidates include:

  • State Senator Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who is running for the 26th Congressional District after Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, announced that he would retire. The new 26th District encompasses most of Ventura County except for part of Simi Valley. In 2008, Strickland was elected as a state senator representing the 19th district. He also served as state assemblyman, representing the 37th District, from 1998 to 2004.
  • Brad Mitzelfelt, First District supervisor and vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors for San Bernardino County, who is running for the 8th Congressional District representing San Bernardino and Riverside counties, with longtime Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, now retiring. The newly drawn 8th District includes all of the High Desert, Highland, Yucaipa, and parts of Inyo and Mono counties.

Houston, who has significant expertise in political law, election law, and government ethics law, will be advising the candidates on all legal aspects of their campaigns.

"Tony and Brad are the newest clients on our robust roster of election and political law candidates, businesses, and public agencies, and I am looking forward to advising them on their campaigns," Houston said. "They are both front runners in hotly contested races for new congressional districts created as part of state redistricting last year. Tony is a rising star in California politics, as well as longtime friend and colleague. Brad is an excellent collaborator and problem solver with broad-based community support. I hope to see them both continue their political careers in Washington, D.C. And, because these races could determine control of Congress following the November election, I expect them to be two of the most expensive campaigns in the country. It's going to be an interesting and exciting journey."

New legislative maps were approved in 2011 by the independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission. In January, the California Supreme Court denied challenges to the maps, ruling that the maps will be used in this year's elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them. The congressional primary coincides with the presidential primary on June 5, followed by the Nov. 6 general election.

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