Longtime allies may compete for Congress
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 08/17/2011 12:50:04 AM PDT

A local state senator and an assemblywoman she has supported may find themselves pitted against one another in a race for Congress next year.

Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, and Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, have expressed interest in potential runs for the proposed 35th District seat, which would represent Pomona, Montclair, Ontario and Chino.

Torres, 46, announced her interest for the seat last week with the formation of an exploratory committee called “Norma Torres for Congress.”

Prior to being elected to the Assembly in 2008, Torres was mayor of Pomona from 2006 and a council member from 2001.

“Since the (redistricting) commission first posted the initial maps, I began to receive a lot
of phone calls, not only from supporters in the district, but from national organizations encouraging me to look at the possibility and a run for Congress,” Torres said. “This is something that I had been looking at for a few years.”

Torres said if elected she would rebuild the economy, create jobs and protect federal entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

“Our communities have an opportunity to send someone to Washington to fight for our future, help working families, and move the Inland Empire forward,” Torres said. “I plan on meeting with voters across this new district in the coming weeks to hear their concerns and discuss my solutions as I explore a run for the new 35th Congressional District.”

McLeod, 69, has yet to form an exploratory committee, although she has also voiced interest in the proposed seat and offers a similar platform.

“I want to ensure that we keep Social Security healthy for those receiving it in the future, that we can continue health care for people that don’t have insurance and pretty much create jobs, jobs, jobs,” McLeod said. “How can we bring jobs to the area? How can we make this area vibrant again as it once was before 2008?”

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