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Greg Cappis and Andrew Edwards, Staff Writers
Posted: 04/15/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT
Updated: 04/15/2013 11:59:03 PM PDT

The race to represent the 31st Congressional District in 2014 is getting crowded.

Danny Tillman, a San Bernardino City Unified School District board member, confirmed Monday he will campaign as a Democrat in the district that stretches from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands, including parts of the 49-year-old’s hometown, San Bernardino.

“That’s the district I live in and was born and raised in,” Tillman said in a phone interview.

He joins Redlands Mayor Pete Agiliar, who announced his candidacy April 2, and former Rep. Joe Baca, who will announce he’s in the race this week.

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, won election in 2012 and is expected to seek re-election.

Aguilar, who gained the most votes of the four Democrats in the 2012 primary, finishing third overall behind Miller and Bob Dutton, has already raised tens of thousands in funding, according to his campaign manager.

Tillman said he will campaign for two offices in the coming months. He is up for re-election with the school board in November, which he said is his top priority. After that election, Tillman said he will focus on the 31st.

“I might not win for Congress, and, to me, it would be a tragedy if I didn’t win the race for Congress and wouldn’t be on the school board any more,” Tillman said.

Baca hosted a fundraiser in Washington on Monday afternoon as a candidate for the 31st.

“It was very successful,” Baca said over the phone after the event. “We raised over $22,000 in the small event. ”

Baca added he is hosting another fundraiser in Washington Monday night and one in Fontana on Friday. All three are for the 31st campaign.

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