New election ahead to fill Assembly vacancy
By Canan Tasci
canan.tasci@ @ChinoValleyNow on Twitter
Posted: 05/15/2013 05:46:58 PM PDT
Updated: 05/15/2013 05:47:09 PM PDT

Now that Assemblywoman Norma Torres will take over as the state senator in the 32nd District, her 52nd Assembly District seat will be up for grabs.

Torres, D-Chino, won an easy victory over her Republican opponent, Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, in Tuesday’s special election.

Experts say her Assembly seat is attractive to anyone wanting to climb the political ladder, but it’s one that the candidate will have to spend a lot of money to claim.

“Open seats attract ambitious politicians the way honey attracts flies, ” said Jack Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont McKenna College, “so obviously local ties might have an inside track but we’ll see who comes forward. ”

Torres, whose Assembly district includes Chino, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Pomona, replaces the newly elected Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, who was sworn into Congress in January. The 32nd Senate District stretches from Pomona to San Bernardino.

Results from 448 precincts Tuesday showed Torres with 59 percent of the vote and Leon with 41 percent in the largely Democratic district.

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