Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, is vacating her Assembly seat. Joe Baca Jr., a Rialto councilman and former assemblyman, and Cheryl Brown, president of the local NAACP chapter and are vying for the redrawn and renumbered 47th Assembly District, comprised of Fontana, Rialto, Colton and a western portion of San Bernardino. (File photos)

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 08/29/2011 01:53:44 PM PDT

The seat held by Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, is being eyed by two well-known figures in San Bernardino County political circles.

Cheryl Brown, president of the local NAACP chapter, and Joe Baca Jr., a Rialto councilman and former assemblyman, are prepared to challenge each other for the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s newly redrawn and renumbered 47th Assembly District, comprised of Fontana, Rialto, Colton and a western portion of San Bernardino.

Carter, who represents the 62nd Assembly District, has been in office since 2006 and cannot run for re-election due to term limits. The 62nd District includes Colton and Rialto, most of Fontana and central and western

Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, is vacating her Assembly seat. Joe Baca Jr., a Rialto councilman and former assemblyman, and Cheryl Brown, president of the local NAACP chapter and are vying for the redrawn and renumbered 47th Assembly District, comprised of Fontana, Rialto, Colton and a western portion of San Bernardino. (File photos)
San Bernardino.

Brown, of San Bernardino, has been a field representative for Carter in the past year, was a district representative for state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, and is president and CEO of Brown Publishing Co., which publishes Black Voice News.

“I will represent all of the people,” Brown said. “My passion is for the people. I don’t want anyone to think that because I am who I am, I would not represent them because of their race, gender or everyone else. I would be there to represent the citizens in our district.”

Baca, the son of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, served a single term in the Assembly, from 2004 to 2006, but lost to McLeod
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in a bid for the state Senate. He then was elected to the Rialto City Council.

“I think I’m the most qualified and experienced to represent the area based on my previous experience in the Legislature and my current experience on the Rialto City Council,” said Baca.

“I take a local government and state experience to Sacramento. Those are important things.”

With high unemployment in the district, both potential candidates say jobs are a top priority.

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