Joe Baca

Then California State Sen. Joe Baca, center, and his wife react after being told Baca took an early lead over Elia Pirozzi for the U.S. Congressman 42nd District seat in 1999. (File Photo)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 03/09/16 – 10:24 PM PST |

“Working Joe” Baca wants his job back.

Baca spent seven terms in Congress, representing a portion of San Bernardino County, before losing a re-election bid in 2012 and a comeback bid in 2014. After he ran for mayor in Fontana, and lost in a landslide to Acquanetta Warren, Baca said he was done with politics after 34 years in office.

It didn’t stick.

Six months later, the longtime Democrat changed his affiliation to Republican, after 39 years as a registered Democrat. And on Tuesday, Baca filed to run for the 31st Congressional District, a seat currently occupied by Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino.

“I believe that we need a representative that will fight for the needs of the Inland Empire,” Baca said Wednesday. “As a former Congressman, I know what it takes to get results. I’ve not seen that happen with the legislators that we have right now.”

According to Baca, the switch in affiliation from “Blue Dog” conservative Democrat to Republican will help make him more effective, should voters return him to Washington.

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