Pete Aguilar

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has his portrait taken on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. Aguilar is running as a Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 31st district. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:46 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

Redlands >> After eight years on the Redlands City Council and four years as its mayor, Pete Aguilar wants to take tackle the issues facing the Inland Empire from a national perspective, including improving education and the economy.

“We have to create jobs and advocate for early childhood education,” he said.

He also wants to protect the Pell Grant and other existing mechanisms that make college more affordable that he benefitted from himself.

“Those are the policies and proposals that will be important to the community and the Inland Empire.”

Aguilar pointed to Amazon’s decision to locate three distribution centers in the 31st district.

“Those are jobs that pay above minimum wage,” he said. “Those are good jobs for working families and they wouldn’t come here unless we’d made investments in our infrastructure.”

Those are the kinds of issues that originally attracted him to seeking appointment to a vacated seat on the Redlands City Council.

“I had done some work for the state of California,” serving in the Inland Empire Regional Office of Gov. Gray Davis.

“I still felt there was work to do” in Redlands in 2006, pointing to the City Council passing two unbalanced budgets in a row. “I wanted to use my expertise to help.”

With a total of 10 minutes to make his case to the council during the selection process, Aguilar beat out 10 other candidates for the appointment.

“I was elated to represent the community.”

He was later re-elected to the council in 2007 and 2012. His fellow council members selected him to serve as mayor in 2010.

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