Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2013 06:56:50 PM PST
BLOOMINGTON – Assemblywoman Norma Torres won the California Democratic Party’s endorsement in her bid to win a vacant state Senate seat.
“Your endorsement means the world to me. I couldn’t see myself running without your support,” Torres said to Democratic delegates supporting her candidacy at an endorsement caucus.
Torres and supporters went to her Fontana campaign headquarters after winning the endorsement. Her headquarters is inside a Sierra Avenue cluster of auto repair shops where volunteers spent Saturday preparing for the phone calls and canvassing they hope will lead to victory.
“We need a representative that is going to be in the trenches with the community, working to address the real issues, which are huge job losses that we have had, and the issue with home foreclosures in the area,” Torres said in an interview at her campaign office.
Torres, whose local Assembly office is in Chino, was reelected to her third term in the Assembly in November and is now among the six candidates competing for a seat in the state Legislature’s upper house. Whoever wins will fill out the remainder of Gloria Negrete-McLeod’s term, which expires in 2014.
McLeod left the state Senate earlier this month to serve in Congress.
The field includes four Democrats and two Republicans. Only two of the Democrats – Torres and Rialto Unified School District board member Joanne Gilbert – asked for the California Democratic Party’s endorsement.
The other two Democrats are Ontario Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and San Bernardino County Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker.
The two Republicans are Ontario Mayor Paul Leon and Pomona planning commissioner Kenny Coble.
Democratic Party delegates voting in Saturday’s endorsement caucus met at Teamsters Union Local 166.
Torres and Gilbert gave two-minute speeches before the day’s ballots were collected and tallied one by one.
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