State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/13/2012 01:12:30 PM PDT
Updated: 10/20/2012 06:39:33 PM PDT
The competition to represent the 31st Congressional District is a race between two Republicans with lengthy careers in elected office.
State Sen. Bob Dutton is challenging Rep. Gary Miller, who is running to represent a new district created through the redistricting process, which takes place every 10 years. The newly-drawn 31st Congressional District includes Rancho Cucamonga and extends eastward to San Bernardino and Redlands.
The Dutton and Miller campaigns are both touting experience, albeit different varieties of experience.
Dutton’s campaign emphasizes his time representing the Rancho Cucamonga area as a city councilman and 12 years as a state legislator. “I’ve been a 37-year resident of the area. I’ve served in the district itself,” Dutton said.
Miller moved from Diamond Bar to Rancho Cucamonga for the 31st District race, and on his side, the word “experience” refers to his 14 years in Congress. Miller currently represents a congressional district that includes the Chino Valley as well as parts of eastern Los Angeles County and Orange County.
“Congress is altogether different,” Miller said. “You work for seniority in Congress to get things done.”
Dutton and Miller generally position themselves as pro-business Republicans, but the Dutton campaign is reaching out to the 31st’s Democratic voters. Democrats hold a registration advantage in the district, and whoever wins this year will likely face a serious challenger in 2014.
But until then, Dutton and Miller are trying to convince the district’s voters that they are the superior candidate in an election in which fiscal and economic issues may be paramount.
Dutton said he would like to follow up on the bill he worked on with Darrell Steinberg, the state Senate’s top Democrat, to protect small businesses from frivolous lawsuits filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
He said he was otherwise not yet ready to reveal exact details of bills he may introduce, but he plans to focus on business-related matters.
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