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The Sun Newspaper Endorses Cheryl Brown

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Publisher Cheryl Brown's roots run deep in the 47th Assembly District - we can think of no better representative for its communities.

Brown, a former county planner and currently a part-time field rep for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, is our choice for the 47th District in the June 5 primary election. Brown has lived in San Bernardino since 1958 and has an impressive record of service to the city and region. A former employee of the county Planning Department, Brown also served on the county's and city's planning commissions. She has served in various leadership positions for many nonprofit organizations, and 31 years ago she and her husband co-founded the local publication Black Voice News.

Brown faces three opponents in the June 5 election, including former Assemblyman and current Rialto City Councilman Joe Baca Jr., a fellow Democrat, and two local Republicans, Jeane Ensley and Thelma Beach.

Our board interviewed three of the candidates (Baca Jr. was unavailable to meet with us) and we found all to be well-meaning residents who are passionate about California's future. We like Brown's focus on education and jobs - perhaps the two most important issues in the 47th District, which includes Rialto, Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace and parts of Fontana and San Bernardino. Brown is committed to protecting funding for schools and as a small-business owner pledges to knock down barriers to economic growth. Brown has a wealth of experience to draw from and the kind of community connections that will help her shape policy decisions that most benefit those who live and work in the 47th District. Vote Brown on June 5.

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