State Assemblyman Curt Hagman left. San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt right.
Monday, January 6, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2013 – 11:15 a.m.
San Bernardino County Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt is set to issue a statement at 12:00 p.m Monday.
The news? He won’t seek reelection in 2014.
The three-term supervisor’s decision to retire sets the stage for State Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) to run for the seat.
However, there’s been quiet tension between the two republicans in recent months.
Hagman has previously said that Ovitt committed to not running, and instead backing him for the seat. A position Ovitt didn’t agree with until now.
The development settles that issue once and for all.
U.S. Representative Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Chino) also has her finger in the water. Today’s announcement by Ovitt dramatically increases the chance she will run. A Hagman-McLeod contest would be an all out battle. Voter demographics haved changed since Ovitt was first elected. The shift has turned the district more blue, which is an advantage for Negrete-McLeod.
Negrete-McLeod already has a 2014 Supervisor committee established, with a warchest containing $900,287.94 as of June 30, 2013.
In other words, she’s running!