Joe Baca


By Jean Merl
JUly 28, 2014

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, who earlier this year lost a bid to return to the House, has found another office to try for — mayor of Fontana.

Baca has taken steps to become a candidate in the November election, the Fontana city clerk’s office confirmed Monday. He has until Aug. 8 to complete the filing process.

The former congressman from Rialto, who has moved to Fontana, would face current Mayor Acquanetta Warren, who is seeking a second four-year term. Two others also have taken steps to run for the office.

Warren, who once ran for state Assembly as a Republican, made local history four years ago when she became the first African American, and the first woman, elected mayor in the working class city of about 200,000.

Previously she served eight years on the Fontana City Council. She is also a public works department official for the city of Upland.

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