Democratic State Senator Norma Torres of Pomona has announced her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod. The congresswoman is leaving Washington after one term to run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
If Torres is elected, it will be the second time she succeeds Negrete McLeod. Just a year ago, a special election was held to fill Negrete McLeod's state Senate seat when she moved on to Washington. Torres won that race, but rather than run for re-election this year, she will seek the 35th congressional district office.
Torres is a former mayor of Pomona who joined the state Assembly in 2008. Her entry into the race may affect the plans of Joe Baca, who served six terms in Congress, but lost to Negrete McLeod in 2012. Baca is seeking a return to Washington from an adjacent Congressional district, but has said he is keeping his options open about the 35th district race.
Ontario City Democratic Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, Green Party member Anthony Vieyra of Pomona and Scott Matthew Heydenfeldt are also running to succeed McLeod. The deadline for candidates to file to run for is March 10.
The 35th District includes the communities of Ontario, Pomona and Rialto.