San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos speaks at the 2016 State of Education address at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino in this 2016 file photo. (File photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG.)

By Jeff Horseman | | The Press-Enterprise
Published: January 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Updated: January 26, 2018 at 3:20 pm

San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos has filed paperwork for a potential 2018 run against Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, shaking up the race for a battleground district targeted heavily by Democrats in the last election.

Ramos, a Democrat, filed an application dated Thursday, Jan. 25 to set up a campaign committee in California’s 40th Assembly District, which represents most of Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino in addition to Highland, Loma Linda and Redlands. Ramos’ supervisorial district includes Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, Yucaipa and desert communities.

In a telephone interview Friday, Ramos said he’s still talking with supporters about an Assembly run.

“We’re still doing a little legwork on it,” he said. “The sooner (I decide whether to run), the better for everyone.”

Steinorth, a Republican, defended his record, saying he’s been “an effective, independent voice for our community” and has worked to fund roads without increasing taxes, reform the campaign finance system and punish sex offenders.

The former Rancho Cucamonga city councilman has represented the 40th District in the Assembly since 2014.

Steinorth is seen as one of the Assembly’s most vulnerable incumbents, with Democrats holding a roughly 7 percentage-point edge on Republicans in the district’s voter registration.


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