By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 16, 2018 at 1:21 pm | Updated: January 16, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Former Inland assemblywoman Cheryl Brown wants her old job back.

Brown, a San Bernardino Democrat, has announced plans to run against Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, D-Grand Terrace, who unseated Brown in one of the Inland Empire’s most expensive and contentious races of 2016.

She made the announcement in a Sunday, Jan. 14, column for the Southern California News Group. Brown submitted weekly columns for the company on an unpaid basis. Sunday’s column was her last.

A former city and county planning commissioner and TV talk show host who founded a newspaper and once served as president of the San Bernardino County NAACP, Brown represented California’s 47th Assembly District – Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Fontana, Muscoy, Rialto and about a third of San Bernardino city – from 2012 to 2016.

Brown, who joined a loosely organized caucus of moderate Democrats in Sacramento, became a target of liberals’ ire with her votes, especially one cast against a bill requiring deep cuts in petroleum use by motor vehicles to fight climate change.

Brown’s critics called her “Chevron Cheryl” – a dig against her support from the oil and gas industry – and launched a media blitz in the assemblywoman’s district. Reyes, an attorney who bucked the Democratic establishment by running for Congress in 2014, ran as a more progressive alternative to Brown, who defended herself as standing up for her blue-collar district against outside interests.

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