Aguilar, Baca make accusations each other
By Greg Cappis
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Posted: 04/24/2013 06:00:25 PM PDT
Updated: 04/24/2013 06:00:37 PM PDT

Two high-profile Democrats vying for the 31st Congressional District seat in 2014 – Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Rep. Joe Baca – are concentrating on each other, not the man they want to challenge.

“They’re sniping at one another instead of sniping at the incumbent,” said Bob Stern, former president of the defunct non-partisan Center for Governmental Studies.

The incumbent, Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, is taking a seat in the bleachers. He’s absolved himself from politicking at this point, saying he is more focused on policies affecting constituents.

Both Aguilar and Baca think they can beat Miller, Stern said.

The 31st District, which leans Democratic, spans an area from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands. Miller won the seat against a fellow Republican in the general election in November after four candidates split the Democratic vote in the nonpartisan primary.

San Bernardino City Unified school board member Danny Tillman says he will also run as a Democrat in 2014. If Colton attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes decides to run, she’d be the fourth Democrat to enter the race.

“It’s natural that there would be a lot of interest,” said John Pitney Jr., Claremont McKenna College professor of government. “Miller is one of very few Republicans holding a seat in a district that Obama won. ”

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