By PE Politics
January 12, 2012 2:20 PM

The Inland area will have no shortage of candidates for two open congressional seats following today’s announcement by Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, that he will retire.

San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt and Assemblyman Paul Cook, both Republicans, announced that they plan to run in the 8th Congressional district.

The district includes Yucaipa, San Bernardino County’s High Desert and small portions of Inyo and Mono counties

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, announced that he would run in the 31st Congressional district, covering Redlands, San Bernardino, Rialto and surrounding communities. The National Republican Congressional Committee announced that it would be backing him in that race.

State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, indicated earlier this week that he was also weighing a run for that seat but has not made an official announcement yet.

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