Congressman Joe Baca left. State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod right.

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 07:20:42 PM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2012 08:37:29 PM PDT

Inland Empire voters living in the new 35th Congressional District have a choice between two members of the Democratic Party – Rep. Joe Baca and state Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod.

The way the candidates say it, the choice is a question of experience versus geography. Baca enters the race having served in Congress since 1999, whereas the redistricting process means the newly-drawn 35th district is closer to the area McLeod represents in the state Senate.

The district ranges from the Pomona area in the west to Bloomington and Fontana areas in the east. The 35th also includes a portion of the Chino Valley.

Baca said voters should choose him because of his time in Congress and the federal dollars he has been able to bring to the Inland Empire.

“She knows that I have the experience and I have the seniority,” Baca said. “I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into.”

Noting that Baca recently moved from Rialto to Fontana, McLeod said a new district needs a new voice and downplayed Baca’s experience in the House of Representatives.

“I’m invested in the district, having lived, worked and raised my family here,” she said.

She also wasn’t too shy to take a few digs at her opponent.

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