Leslie Gooch

Gooch

Sharon McNary | April 5th, 2014, 6:00am

When Republican Congressional candidate Lesli Gooch Tweeted her pride at voting in last week’s special state senate election in San Bernardino County, it was the first time she’d ever cast a ballot in the area that she hopes to represent in Washington.

According to county records, Gooch registered to vote March 7, the same day she filed papers to run in the 31st Congressional District to succeed her onetime boss, Rep. Gary Miler (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

Her Johnny-vote-lately status has drawn anonymous attacks on Twitter, but Gooch is on solid legal ground because candidates for Congress are not required to vote or live in the district where they are running.

“Democracy has no zip code,” Gooch said in response to a question about her brief history of voting in San Bernardino County. She was previously registered to vote in Alexandria, Virginia according to county Registrar records.

Gooch does have Inland Empire roots. She grew up in the Woodcrest neighborhood in Riverside, graduated from Arlington High, and attended UC Riverside for part of her senior high school program. Gooch’s campaign bio says her mother was an elementary school teacher and a professor at Cal State University San Bernardino.

Gooch has lived in the Washington D.C. area for several years while working as policy director for Miller, and as a lobbyist for housing, mortgage and government interests. She moved to Rancho Cucamonga this year, her campaign consultant Jeff Corless said.

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