Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, Kaisar Ahmed and Sean Flynn, from left, are running for the 31st Congressional District. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
Published: May 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Updated: May 22, 2018 at 11:45 am

A congressman from Redlands serves for decades on Capitol Hill and rises to become chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

It’s the career arc of former Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis. And it’s one that current Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, might hope to follow as an appropriations member, the whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and an assistant whip in the House Democratic Caucus.

Hoping to defeat Aguilar, who was first elected to represent the 31st Congressional District in 2014, are Democrat and retired educator Kaisar Ahmed and Republican economics professor Sean Flynn, both of whom ran for the seat in 2016.

The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. At stake is a two-year term representing a district that encompasses Redlands along with Colton, Rialto, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and San Bernardino.

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