Friday, January 16, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Rancho Cucamonga City Councilmen Marc Steinorth is off to a strong start in his bid to replace State Assemblyman Mike Morrell in the 40th Assembly District.

Steinorth, a republican, will have some company on the June ballot.

Anti-Drug activist Paul Chabot, who has one unsuccessful Assembly bid under his belt, has entered the race.

Two democrats, School Board Trustee Art Bustamonte and Correctional Officer Elvira Harris have also announced their intentions to run. Of the two, Harris has managed to set-up a basic, and I mean basic, campaign website.

To date Steinorth has wrapped-up a significant number of establishment endorsements, including Congressman Gary Miller, County Supervisors Gary Ovitt and Janice Rutherford, in addition to several local mayors and city councilmembers.

Chabot, in his last election run, had a smattering of bureaucratic and law enforcement endorsements. If he can’t expand his appeal, not-to-mention fundraising, it’s unlikely he’ll have any chance of coming close to Steinorth.

Interestingly, Chabot has his old website and endorsement list online.

At this point, Steinorth will likely face a democrat in a November runoff. The district voter registration is the most favorable to democrats than it ever has been.

Foundering GOP registration efforts has helped speed the situation along.