Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has officially entered the race to succeed Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

"I'm running for Congress to create new jobs, expand clean energy technologies and ensure that local small business owners get the help and opportunities they need to flourish in a global economy," Hahn said in a statement Monday.

Harman is expected to leave her seat next month to head the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, a Washington-based research institution. 

Hahn, who ran for the seat against Republican Steve Kuykendall in 1998, talked up her connection with Harman and said she'd focus on "clean energy" in Congress.

“It has been an honor to work closely with Congresswoman Harman over the past decade on a variety of important efforts to create jobs and improve security at LAX and the port. Her leadership will be missed," she said. "It's time we end the corporate tax giveaways to multinational corporations that send jobs overseas and invest those dollars in businesses that create jobs here at home. We need to invest in a clean-energy economy and there’s no better place to start than right here in the 36th Congressional District."

Hahn is a famous family name in L.A. politics. Most recently, Janice Hahn's brother, James, was mayor of LA from 2001-2005, when he was unseated by current Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Her father is former Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn.

Other potential Democratic candidates include state assemblywomen Betsy Butler and Bonnie Lowenthal, and state Senator Ted Lieu. Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) is also apparently interested, according to the Sacramento Bee.