Rep. Edward R. Roybal, a Los Angeles Democrat who has been in Congress 24 years, faces only token Republican opposition in his quest for another term to represent the 25th District on the Eastside of Los Angeles.
Gregory L. Hardy, a field representative for Assembly Republican Leader Pat Nolan, is the Republican nominee, but he lives outside the district in Glendale, has put up no visible campaign and did not respond to requests from The Times for an interview.
District residence is not a requirement for candidates in congressional elections.
Ted Brown, 26, an insurance claims adjuster who lives in Highland Park, is running on the Libertarian ticket. He said he is running because "I've always wanted to be a congressman" and Roybal is "the embodiment of big government--everything I'm against."
"He was raising taxes while I was still in diapers," Brown said.
As a Libertarian, Brown said, he sees little role for the national government beyond providing for the common defense. He would like to dismantle many government programs.