AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“If I were a candidate, I would try to reach out to Marco’s supporters and he had a significant amount of prominent Democratic supporters,” Smith said. Some of those include state Sens. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, and Gloria Romero and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The area represented by Firebaugh when he was in the Assembly – Bell Gardens, Cudahy and Huntington Park – also could be said to be important territory, he said. “The people from Marco’s district will have to look at the other two candidates,” Smith said. “They may or may not be familiar with Mr. Calderon or Mr. Bermudez.” Caroline Heldman, associate professor of political science at Whittier College, said she still expects the race to be hard fought. “It feels like a race between an up-and-coming Democrat star \ who has made good use of the media during his time in office versus an established statesman who brings with the mantle of a successful political family name.” FIREBAUGH SERVICES: A rosary recitation and viewing will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at La Placita Church, 535 N. Main St., Los Angeles. A memorial Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Burial will follow at Rose Hills Cemetery, 3888 S. Workman Mill Road, Whittier. A reception will be held at Tamayo’s Restaurant, 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully requesting that donations be made to the Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholarship Fund administered by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). Checks can be sent to MALDEF, Attn. Firebaugh Scholarship, 634 S. Spring St., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014. For more information, call (213) 629-2512. PARTY ENDORSEMENTS: Democratic Party officials will meet at 2 p.m. April 2 to decide on primary endorsements for the 56th and 58th Assembly, 30th state Senate and 39th Congressional districts. The meeting will be held at the Pico Park conference room, 9528 Beverly Blvd., Pico Rivera. Only delegates are allowed to vote, but the public is allowed to observe. MOISA ACTIVITIES: Whittier City Council candidate Alex Moisa will hold three events this week. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, Moisa will meet with voters at the home of Luz Herrera, 7005 Duchess Drive. He will meet voters from 6to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Maurgerite Hill. A cocktail party for Moisa will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April1 at 8318 La Sierra. For more information, call Dorothy Carras, (562)696-1782. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government.The death of former Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier on Tuesday has dramatically changed the complexion of the 30th state Senate District Democratic primary for the two remaining candidates. It probably offers opportunities to Assemblymen Rudy Bermudez of Norwalk, and Ron Calderon of Montebello, said party officials and a political science professor. For starters, it puts the many Firebaugh supporters up for grabs, said John Smith of La Mirada, a state Democratic Party region director.