Gloria Negrete-McLeodCurt Hagman

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/19/14, 11:50 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

Two experienced Inland Empire politicians are vying for San Bernardino County’s 4th District supervisor’s seat in the Nov. 4 general election. The seat is open because Supervisor Gary Ovitt is not seeking another term.

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, is a lifelong county resident and has also served as a state Senator and an Assemblywoman. Her announcement in March that she was running for county supervisor and not seeking a second term in Congress took many by surprise. She said Congress was not the right place for her, and felt she could make more of a difference as a county supervisor.

“I have lived in this district for close to almost 45 years. I have raised my family here. I am invested in this district,” said McLeod, 73, of Chino.

As a public servant of nearly 20 years, McLeod said she wants to use her experience to move the county forward in establishing itself as an ideal location for people to live and work, regaining local control of L.A./Ontario International Airport and ensure the county continues keeping its nose clean and not become ensnared in anymore public scandals like it has in the past.

Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills and the former mayor of Chino Hills, touts his experience in both the public and private sectors as an elected official and businessman. He wants to bolster economic growth in the county, regain local control of ONT and promote more international investment.

“One of the things I think we really need to look into is international investment, and that’s why I think Ontario airport is so important,” said Hagman, 49. “I have a clear vision for the West End of San Bernardino County.”

The 4th District covers the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Montclair and Upland.

McLeod narrowly beat Hagman in the June primary, capturing 43 percent of the vote to Hagman’s 40 percent.

While Hagman has outraised McLeod 4-1 in campaign contributions, McLeod has a more sizeable war chest and strong union support. She began her campaign with nearly $1 million in her campaign coffer, surplus from her state legislature account, and an independent expenditure committee sponsored by the Service Employees International Union — San Bernardino County Healthcare Workers United for Gloria Negrete McLeod for Supervisor 2014 — ponied up a half million dollars to support McLeod’s run for supervisor.

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