Henry Waxman

Matt Miller, co-host of the public radio program “Left, Right & Center” on KCRW in Santa Monica, said on Friday that he would run for the westside Los Angeles congressional seat held by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), pictured above, who announced his retirement last month.

The coastal district is heavily Democratic, with a pool of entertainment industry donors that draws politicians throughout the country for fundraising events.

Miller joins former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and California State Sen. Ted Lieu as Democrats in the race, Marianne Williamson and Brent Roske running as independents and Elan Carr running as a Republican.

“The fact is, Congressman Waxman has been the exception to the rule in Washington,” Miller wrote in announcing his candidacy. “I’m a proud Democrat; but too often, politicians in both parties care more about winning elections than solving problems. Yes, we must stop the Tea Party and its reckless agenda. But we also have to tackle huge challenges – from the runaway costs of college and health care to the threat of climate change, the shortage of good jobs and internationally lagging schools. This means embracing bold ideas – not career politicians who pretend to take action while changing little that matters.”

Miller was a senior adviser in the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton. He serves as moderator of “Left, Right & Center,” which airs each Friday.

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