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Gay school teacher battles GOP county leader in high stakes Inland congressional race




41st Congressional District candidate Mark Takano speaks to news media at Riverside Community College
41st Congressional District candidate Mark Takano speaks to news media at Riverside Community College
Steven Cuevas / KPCC
41st Congressional District candidate Mark Takano speaks to news media at Riverside Community College
41st Congressional District candidate John Tavaglione speaks to seniors in this campaign ad.
Tavaglione for Congress 2012


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Two Riverside natives are competing to become the first representative of the newly drawn 41st Congressional District.  It covers a big part of the Inland Empire including Riverside and Moreno Valley. 

The Republican is a veteran county leader who moonlights in a garage band. The Democrat is an openly gay Asian American teacher. 

KPCC's Steven Cuevas reports that the race is getting lots of attention.