PressEnterprise.com-2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutheford is facing Randolph Beasley; Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Curt Hagman face off in the 4th District.
The June 3 election for two seats on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors features a battle between two Inland political heavyweights while a first-term incumbent who quickly rose to a leadership position faces a challenge from a political newcomer.
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, and Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, who both have a formidable history of electoral wins, are vying for the 4th District seat being vacated by Supervisor Gary Ovitt. Also on the ballot are Ontario Councilman Paul Vincent Avila and Chino Valley school board member James Na.
The 4th District covers the cities of Ontario, Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair and part of Upland. Unlike other districts, it has little unincorporated territory.
In the 2nd District, Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who defeated incumbent Supervisor Paul Biane four years ago, is seeking a second four-year term. She is opposed by Randolph Beasley, a Lake Arrowhead crime scene investigator who is making his first run for public office.
The district covers the cities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, most of Fontana and a wide swath of unincorporated communities, including Mt. Baldy, Devore, Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.
The 4th District race has garnered the most attention because of Negrete McLeod’s surprise decision in March to leave a safe Congressional seat and take on Hagman, who had been seen as the leading contender. She brought with her a $900,000 campaign war chest, dwarfing the nearly $100,000 raised by Hagman.
Negrete McLeod, 72, a former state legislator who served six years in the Assembly and six years in the state Senate, defeated former Rep. Joe Baca in 2012 for the 35th Congressional District. She took office as a freshman Democrat in a Republican-led House of Representatives.
“I went to Congress with a full intent to work there and get things done and found it was not the right place for me,” she said.
Negrete McLeod said she’s not running on any specific platform but as a public servant with a long record of achievement.
“I’ve been elected here in this district since 1995,” she said. “I think the voters know who I am and know what I stand for.”
Negrete McLeod has the backing of most of the county’s influential public employee unions. Earlier this month, Service Employees International Union-United Long Term Care Workers, which represents home health care workers, formed an independent expenditure committee with $500,000 to support her candidacy.
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