San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan, center, holds a resolution while posing with Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and then-Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, during a 2016 ceremony in Sacramento that honored the first responders to the December 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino (Courtesy of Steinorth’s office).

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: March 2, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Updated: March 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Inland Assemblyman Marc Steinorth has decided not to seek re-election, a decision that could affect the balance of power in Sacramento and the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

In a statement released Friday, March 2, Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, said: “When I began my journey in public service I knew I could make a difference. I (knew) with my small business background and community involvement, I would bring real solutions to the community I care so deeply for.

“After two terms in the State Assembly I have done more than I ever imagined,” he said.

Steinorth added: “My service to my community isn’t over. But I want to be home with my kids. I want to coach my son’s soccer team. I want to be there to help my daughter move into the college of her choice.

“Life changes and we have to adapt. However, this isn’t the end of my fight. Stay tuned.”

Reached by phone and asked what his next move will be, Steinorth said: “I’ll be prepared to discuss that next week.”

However, speculation has mounted in recent weeks that Steinorth will run for the Second District supervisorial seat held by fellow Republican Janice Rutherford. The district includes Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and much of Fontana.

A former Rancho Cucamonga councilman, Steinorth, 47, was first elected to the 40th Assembly District in 2014. His district includes most of San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga along with Redlands, Loma Linda and Highland.

He survived a well-funded re-election challenge from Democrat Abigail Medina in 2016 by less than 2,000 votes — the tightest margin of any state legislative race that year — and was facing another tough fight against Democrat and county Supervisor James Ramos in a district with more Democratic voters than registered Republicans.

Democrats, who enjoy a 7-percentage point edge in the district’s voter registration, have targeted Steinorth in a bid to bolster their majority in the Legislature.

In an emailed statement, Ramos said: “I entered the Assembly race to make a difference for the Inland Empire and it was evident from the massive early support that I have received from throughout this community that folks know my work and trust that I will be an effective legislator.

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