R.C. councilwoman gives nod to mayor of Redlands
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 04/28/2010 08:37:38 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Councilwoman Diane Williams has thrown her support behind Redlands Mayor Pat Gilbreath in the 63rd Assembly District race, an unexpected endorsement that leaves Mayor Don Kurth without the backing of his colleague.

Williams announced her endorsement at a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday at Etiwanda Gardens.

“Pat’s integrity – the way she’s running a clean campaign, no falsehoods – that meant a lot to me,” Williams said.

Gilbreath and Kurth are two mayors in a field of seven candidates vying to fill the seat of Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Rancho Cucamonga. The winner of the June 8 Republican primary will face a Democrat in November.

Williams once told both candidates she would not make any endorsements for the Assembly race but changed her mind this week.

The councilwoman said Kurth’s rhetoric on the campaign trail has been detrimental to the City Council. Williams, who was elected to the council in 1990, was referring to Kurth’s comment in February in which he accused the city of overspending in the past the way Sacramento does. She said she also disapproves of his campaign literature referring to the city’s utility tax as illegal.

“We had a utility tax and we got rid of it. It was not illegal,” Williams said. “And this city has never spent carelessly.”

“The city did overspend in the past,” said Kurth, who was elected in 2006. “I’m not slighting the city.”

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