Norma Torres


Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 05/13/2012 01:54:51 PM PDT

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, faces three opponents in the June 5 primary race for the 52nd Assembly District seat, including a former Republican who has now registered as a Democrat.

Torres, a former Pomona mayor, is being challenged by Chino resident and restaurant owner Ray Moors, a Democrat; Pomona Planning Commissioner Kenny Coble, a Republican; and Ontario-Montclair School District board member Paul Vincent Avila, a Democrat.

If no one wins a majority of the votes cast in the primary, the top two finishers, no matter the party, will face each other in the November election.

The 61st Assembly District – Torres’ current district – is nearly identical to the new 52nd Assembly District, which includes Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, Ontario, Montclair and parts of Fontana.

Torres has introduced legislation to keep 9-1-1 dispatch calls private, to strengthen DUI laws, and to require the arrest of those caught with loaded firearms at airports.

She’s voted to support lessons about gay history in public schools and to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

Campaign donation reports show Torres has consistent support from labor organizations, with a balance of $172,858 in her campaign chest for 2012.

“I think what I’m most proud of is the outreach to my community,” Torres said. “We’ve conducted a lot of workshops and hosted coffee shop meetings for our community to come in and meet with me one-on-one. It’s a much better way to engage with my constituency.”

As a Republican running against Torres in the November 2010 election, Moors received 29,000 votes to Torres’ 44,000 votes.

For the primary, he’s running as a “conservative, pro-business” Democrat, with a platform to introduce self-insured health and workers’ compensation plans for state workers in order to create jobs and shore up the budget deficit.

Moors said the new state agency would pay for each claim instead of a premium to an insurance company.

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