By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 03/08/16 – 9:01 PM PST |

The race to represent the 31st District in Congress is officially under way.

Paul Chabot, a Republican, on Tuesday filed his paperwork to run against Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, who is seeking re-election in November.

Chabot, of Rancho Cucamonga, said his campaign will focus on national security, crime reduction, job creation and improving youth education.

“Those four areas are very critical to not only the strength of the Inland Empire, but also the strength of our nation, and we are well behind where we should be both as a community and as a country,” Chabot said by phone Tuesday.

Chabot said also among his priorities is reopening Norton Air Force Base as a joint military base, which he said could create 20,000 jobs in the district.

Chabot, of Rancho Cucamonga, announced his campaign in February 2015, just three months after losing to Aguilar in November 2014.

Aguilar, who was serving as mayor of Redlands at the time of his election to Congress, announced last month his intention to run for re-election in 2016.

To kick off his campaign, Aguilar will host an event at 6 p.m. Wednesday at V.F.W. Post 8737 in San Bernardino.

“Inland Empire families deserve a leader who will get them the results they deserve,” Aguilar said Tuesday in an emailed statement. “I’m running for re-election to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help put residents back to work, improve our education system and protect critical programs for veterans and seniors.”

Republican Sean Flynn, an Upland resident and author of “Economics for Dummies,” in January announced his campaign for the seat. Flynn has been endorsed by San Bernardino City Councilman Henry Nickel and has been named an “On the Radar” candidate in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program, according to Flynn’s website.

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