With the election of Gloria Negrete McLeod to the 35th Congressional District, her former state senate seat became vacant and as of Monday, early voting began to fill this vacancy. On the ballot for the position are Assembly Member Norma Torres (D) of Pomona and Paul Leon (R) of Ontario.
Both individuals have local government experience - serving on city council and serving as mayor of their respective cities. Torres has additionally served her district well as a member of the state assembly since 2008.
While both candidates have similar backgrounds at the local government level, in my opinion the edge would go to Torres with her Assembly experience. And with the Democrats in control of the Senate, Assembly and executive branch of our government, she will have a greater chance of being heard in bringing our regions issues to the top of the state’s agenda.
I know Torres will continue in the fine tradition of female senators that started with Nell Soto and continued with Negrete McLeod. In her current position Torres serves on the Economic Development and Job Creation Committee, Housing & Community Development Committee, and the Banking & Finance Committee. She has the full support of labor unions and the Democratic Party.
The 32nd Senate District serves the communities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Ontario, Colton, Montclair, Bloomington, Muscoy and Pomona. So citizens living in these cities must exercise their civic duty and vote.
Our district is in great need of good paying jobs that will sustain families above the poverty level. Our local cities need help recovering from current financial hardships. Our educational institutions are in need of attention and Torres will help with that as well.
I am recommending that the voters in the 32nd Senate District vote and elect Norma Torres.
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