Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who last fall won one of the most contentious -- and most expensive -- House races in the nation.
Dukakis, a onetime Massachusetts governor who also helped Sherman raise money during the campaign, and his wife will be guests at a reception Thursday at a home in Studio City.
Sherman defeated longtime Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village) in November, after the two were placed in the same district during the 2011 redrawing of California's political districts by an independent citizens commission.
Last year, a voter-approved change in the state elections system for the first time sent the top-two primary finishers, regardless of political affiliation, to the fall general election. That set up set several contests between members of the same party, including the Berman-Sherman clash in the San Fernando Valley.