The San Fernando Valley Green Party endorses Mike Powelson for the June 5, 2012 Primary Election for the 30th Congressional District. Powelson will run against Democratic incumbents Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman as well as Republican candidates Mark Reed and Susan Shelly.
Mike Powelson’s Background and Platform for Congress
A former laborer and carpenter, Mike Powelson has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and has taught at L.A. Valley College, Cal State Northridge, and Cal State Channel Islands. Mike is a native of Los Angeles, attended Grant High School, and has deep ties to the San Fernando Valley. Mike has worked throughout the Los Angeles area, from boxing clothes in downtown Los Angeles to construction labor in the Santa Clarita Valley. Mike speaks English and Spanish and has traveled to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and throughout Latin America. He is a strong advocate of immigrant rights for the people in his district. Powelson has also lived and worked in New York, Florida, Wisconsin, and Louisiana. In 2002-2003 he taught at Omsk State University in Russia, an experience that provided him, along with his knowledge of Latin America, with an international perspective that is crucial for a national office holder.