10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 15, 2011



Sacramento Bureau

Assemblyman Jeff Miller will run for the proposed congressional seat that wraps from Norco to Moreno Valley, the Corona Republican said Wednesday.

Miller is the first declared candidate for the district, which was part of last week’s draft maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. The plans included several new legislative and congressional districts for Inland Southern California.

Miller said he wants to be in Congress to help stop what he described as President Barack Obama’s destructive economic policies. He also criticized the administration’s Mideast peace strategy as anti-Israel.

“As a Jewish Republican, I plan to have something to say about that,” Miller said. “I’m at the point in my life where I want to continue to make a difference.”

Miller was elected to the Assembly in 2008, representing a district where there are 52,000 more Republicans than Democrats. Meg Whitman received 61 percent of the vote in last year’s governor’s race, compared to Democrat Jerry Brown’s 33.4 percent in that district.

The proposed Norco-Riverside-Moreno Valley congressional district would be much more of a swing seat.

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