Campaigns

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/18/2013 07:11:43 PM PST
Updated: 01/18/2013 09:58:42 PM PST

A half-dozen established Inland Empire politicos will look to represent the largely blue-collar 32nd state Senate District.

The field of four Democrats and two Republicans – all currently holding political offices locally with some having been elected to multiple posts – are seeking to win the seat previously held by Gloria Negrete-McLeod, who was elected to Congress in November.

The candidates:

Ontario Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, a Democrat.

Pomona planning commissioner Kenny Coble, a Republican.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a Republican.

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, a Democrat.

Rialto Unified School District board member Joanne Gilbert, a Democrat.

San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker, a Democrat.

A March 12 special election will be a primary.

If no candidate wins a majority, the top two finishers regardless of party will compete in a final vote on May 14.

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