By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/27/14, 9:46 PM PDT | Updated: 52 secs ago

Jobs and economic opportunities are among the issues on the minds of attorney Christina Gagnier and state Sen. Norma Torres, two Democrats seeking to represent the residents of the 35th Congressional district.

Torres, who has made her way up the political ladder starting out as member of the Pomona City Council, and Gagnier, a businesswoman and attorney with expertise in consumer privacy and the Internet, are seeking the support of voters in Pomona, Montclair, Chino, Ontario, Fontana, Rialto and Bloomington, who will go to the polls on Nov. 4.

Among Torres’ goals if elected is getting congressional support to make infrastructure improvements that will have a positive impact on the local economy. Gagnier said working to bring jobs and preparing people in the short- and long-term to enter the workforce will be among the tasks she’ll tackle if elected.

San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire have a history of growing at a fast pace and have served as a gateway for commerce, Torres said.

As a member of Congress she would work to explain that to other legislators.

“I want them to understand we are an inland port,” she said. Like other ports, “we need to show and put the same attention to the Inland Empire.”

That means investing in the regions infrastructure — from roads to bridges — to facilitate the transportation of goods and to support businesses which lead to job opportunities, Torres said. Transportation is a vital issue in the region.

“Transportation and job creation go hand in hand,” she said.

In talks with San Bernardino County elected officials, Torres said she has discussed working to create manufacturing opportunities and well-paid jobs.

Housing is also on Torres agenda.

“Housing continues to be a big problem for us,” she said.

When she meets with constituents “people come and talk about how there aren’t enough affordable housing unit,” Torres she said.

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