Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/09/2012 08:58:28 PM PDT
Updated: 10/09/2012 09:10:50 PM PDT

Two Rancho Cucamonga businessmen are busy vying for votes to win election in the 40th Assembly District in which neither party has a clear-cut majority.

Democrat Russ Warner and Republican Assemblyman Mike Morrell recently shared their positions at a forum held by the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce.

They’re campaigning for the horseshoe-shaped district that extends from Rancho Cucamonga to part of the High Desert, through San Bernardino and into Redlands.

Posing a challenge for both candidates is that neither party has a registration majority – it’s 37.6 percent Democratic and 38 percent Republican.

Warner positions himself as somebody willing to work across the aisle for legislation that would improve lives in the district. He said small businesses should be the foundation for the economy.

Morrell said he’s been an effective and strategic lawmaker, working to reduce regulations and taxes for business in California.

Warner characterizes his opponent as an ineffective lawmaker.

“Mike Morrell only got three bills passed and that was in his first year,” Warner said. “(State) Sen. Bob Dutton passed nine bills in his first year and Bill Emmerson got 13 in his first year.”

In response, Morrell said he carried only “strategic bills” meant to reduce government and save taxpayers money. Morrell said he will continue to introduce transparency legislation that would require a 72-hour public posting of any budget-related bill prior to lawmakers voting on it.

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