ICYMI: San Bernardino Sun Endorses Congressman Pete Aguilar
May 23, 2016
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: San Bernardino Sun Editorial Board says “Retain Aguilar in 31st Congressional District”
(San Bernardino, CA) – The Inland Empire’s leading newspaper has endorsed Congressman Pete Aguilar’s re-election bid. In making their endorsement, the San Bernardino Sun Editorial Board stated: “His focus on quality-of-life issues — jobs, transportation, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and improving services for veterans — are right in step with the needs of the 31st District.”
The full endorsement can be seen here or read below:
Retain Aguilar in 31st Congressional District: Endorsement
Voters in the 31st Congressional District this November likely will face the same question put to them two years ago: Do they want to send a seasoned local politician or his challenger to Washington?
But first, there’s the June 7 primary.
Rep. Pete Aguilar, the freshman Democrat and former mayor of Redlands, faces four challengers, including his opponent in the November 2014 general election, Republican Paul Chabot. Both are likely to advance to the runoff this November.
Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, is the leading candidate in the race with name recognition, a full campaign war chest and nearly two years’ experience in the House behind him. Also vying for support from Democrats is retired teacher Kaiser Ahmed.
It gets a little more interesting on the Republican side. There’s Chabot, making his second bid for Congress in the district that stretches from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands, political newcomer and economist Sean Flynn, and D.C. veteran Joe Baca. (Yes, Baca is a Republican now after serving the better part of two decades as an elected Democrat at the state and national level.)
Our vote in the June primary goes to Aguilar.
We endorsed Aguilar two years ago, and find ourselves once again supporting his experience, pro-business mindset and broad understanding of the 31st District’s most pressing issues.
Chabot, who has kept the pressure on Aguilar since 2014, touts his military experience and hopes to attract voters with his pledge to fight terrorism, improve veterans’ services and bring a military base back to San Bernardino.
His call for a renewed focus on national security certainly resonates in the 31st District following the horrific Dec. 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
Aguilar, too, is concerned about terror. He has been criticized for jumping on gun-control measures as a response to the Dec. 2 attacks, though he does not claim that such measures by themselves could have stopped the massacre in San Bernardino.
Rather, he supports bills that have at least a chance to better protect communities from those intent on doing harm.
Education and economic development are important issues, too, especially in a district that has yet to fully recover from the Great Recession. As a former mayor, Aguilar knows this, and emphasizes the need to open doors for job growth throughout the Inland Empire. He views the Trans Pacific Partnership, the trade deal backed by the Obama administration, with healthy skepticism, noting the loss of manufacturing jobs in the Inland Empire in years past.
In this arena, we found much to like in challenger Flynn, a political newcomer with a deep understanding of the economy that has produced bold ideas on health care reform and college affordability. His insights are refreshing and we look forward to hearing more from him in the future.
It’s Aguilar who wins our support this round, however. His focus on quality-of-life issues — jobs, transportation, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and improving services for veterans — are right in step with the needs of the 31st District.