Updated 2:30 p.m. | Elan S. Carr, a veteran, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the head of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity , will announce his bid Monday for the open California 33rd District seat, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call.
AEPi is a prominent, international Jewish fraternity, and Carr is currently the supreme master. With his announcement, Carr would likely become the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman in this solidly Democratic, Los Angeles-based district.
“With the retirement of legendary Congressman Henry A. Waxman, West Los Angeles faces an historic election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Carr said in an email to the AEPi fraternity. “After consulting with a team of political professionals and reaching out to supporters, Dahlia and I have decided to enter that race.”
State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is also a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve , and former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, who ran for mayor in 2013, are the two Democrats currently looking to replace Waxman. With the top-two primary, two Democrats could advance to the general election in November.
Lieu received the pre-endorsement of the California Democratic Party on Feb. 8, while Greuel is supported by EMILY’s List , a group that seeks to boost women who support abortion rights into elected office.
Carr, who has ties to the Jewish community in the area, could seek to consolidate the Jewish vote in this district, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in the country.
Two independents, documentary filmmaker Brent Roske and author Marianne Williamson, announced their bids before Waxman’s retirement.
Businessman Bill Bloomfield, who spent millions of his personal fortune to challenge Waxman as an independent in 2012, has opted against running, according to the Los Angeles Times.
California’s 33rd District is rated a Safe Democrat contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the district with 61 percent in 2012.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Elan S. Carr’s political party. He is a Republican.