Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/12/2012 09:03:52 PM PDT
Updated: 10/12/2012 09:22:00 PM PDT

A Republican planning commissioner from Pomona and a former Democratic mayor from the city are vying to represent the 52nd Assembly District – a predominantly Democratic district that encompasses much of the west valley.

New election rules have the top two vote-earners in the primary contest moving to the general election.

Kenny Coble, a Republican owner of a construction company, and Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, will face off to represent a district that includes Pomona, Montclair, Chino, Ontario and parts of Fontana.

Torres has represented the 61st Assembly District since 2008 and is finishing her second term.

Job creation and local control for the L.A./Ontario International Airport are considered major issues for the district. Ontario officials have been trying to regain control of the airport from its owner and operator Los Angeles World Airports.

“I feel very strongly about local control for the Ontario airport,” Coble said.

“When Ontario gave up control to Los Angeles, it made sense, for L.A. to handle. But it’s grown into a position now where that is not the case. The Ontario Airport is a key element of the infrastructure in this region.”

Torres said local control of the airport is key to economic development for the area. She also said she carried legislation that allows for a member of SANBAG, the San Bernardino Associated Governments, to be on the Gold Line board. The Gold Line board is dominated by Los Angeles County officials.

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