State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/24/2012 09:17:02 PM PDT
Updated: 09/24/2012 10:41:24 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Two longtime Republican lawmakers competing for a hotly contested congressional seat will face off at a forum on Wednesday in this city.

State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, are vying to represent the new 31st District Congressional District, which covers Rancho Cucamonga, a part of Upland, Redlands, Colton and surrounding areas.

Miller said he looks forward to listening to voters in the 31st District and sharing his views on how to get the Inland Empire economy moving again.

“The Inland Empire is still recovering from the largest national downturn since the Great Depression, and with California unemployment still hovering above 10 percent, we need effective leadership and a serious plan to bring back lost jobs,” Miller said in a statement.

The lawmaker recently moved to a home in Rancho Cucamonga.

“My No. 1 priority in Congress will be to use my seniority and experience, as I have in the past, to turn our economy in a positive direction so as to create new jobs and keep food on the tables of hard-working families throughout our region,” Miller said.

While Miller touts his seniority in Congress, Dutton has painted his opponent as both a Washington insider and a local outsider.

“The real difference is he’s an out-of-towner,” Dutton said.

“He’s from Diamond Bar and represents Orange County, and, for the past 10 years, he’s tried to claim he’s been involved in San Bernardino. Just here in the last couple of months, he never knew anything about the Ontario airport, and now he wants to get involved. I’ve been working on that for the last two years in the Legislature, trying to bring that to the table. The fact is, I’ve lived in the district. What people are going to decide is do they want somebody moving in from the outside.”

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