Rep. Joe Baca

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/12/2011 06:48:42 PM PDT

Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, on Monday said he plans to run for the newly created 35th Congressional District seat.

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, previously announced she will run for the seat. Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, has formed an exploratory committee.

Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1999, Baca has represented the 43rd District, which includes all or parts of Fontana, Rialto, Ontario, San Bernardino, Colton and Bloomington.

The 35th District, approved by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission last month, consists of Chino, Montclair, Pomona, Ontario, Bloomington and portions of Fontana and Rialto.

Baca had earlier considered running in the new 31st Congressional District, which includes San Bernardino, Redlands, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Rancho Cucamonga and southern Upland.

Baca’s hometown is Rialto. His district office is in San Bernardino.

“It was a very hard decision I had to make,” Baca said, “because I really have represented San Bernardino, Colton and, of course, portions of Rialto for almost 20 years.

“But when I look at it, I’m the incumbent with 61 percent of the 35th district being in my current district.”

McLeod, Torres and Baca share similar platforms. If elected to the new seat, each aims to create jobs and protect such federal programs as Medicare and Social Security.

McLeod said she has endorsed Baca in the past. In reaction to Baca’s announcement, McLeod echoed what she said about the possibility of Torres’ running.

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