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Redlands Mayor Aguilar Announces Second Congressional Run

Pete Aguilar may face off against Rep. Gary Miller, who defeated him and large field of candidates of the redrawn 31st Congressional District.

Redlands Mayor and Democrat Pete Aguilar announced today he would make a second run to represent the Inland Empire’s 31st Congressional District, which serves Redlands and Loma Linda.

The announcement was released today by Aguilar’s campaign. The candidate could possibly face current District Rep. Gary Miller, who defeated him and a large field of candidates in 2012.

“I’m running for Congress because we need a leader who will fight to create new jobs, stand up for middle-class families and protect our seniors," Aguilar said through a statement issued by his campaign.

"Congressional Republicans have the wrong priorities and are more focused on partisan bickering than on getting things done. It’s time to stop playing political games and start working for the people of the Inland Empire,” Aguilar wrote.

Aguilar led the Democratic candidate field in 2012, but because he was not among the top two vote getters during the the June 5 primary election eliminating him from the general election ballot. Miller, a Republican who was displaced from his district by redistricting, defeated former California State Senator Bob Dutton.

The following is the portion of the statement issued by Aguilar’s campaign office:

Aguilar said that jumpstarting the region’s economy, which has yet to fully recover from the nation’s economic downturn, would be one of his top priorities in Congress. To create new jobs, Aguilar has proposed providing tax incentives to small businesses, making investments in the region's infrastructure, and promoting alternative energy technologies.

Aguilar also expressed concern that Republican leaders have approved a budget that ends the Medicare guarantee for future retirees and could burden the middle class, while providing generous tax cuts for the wealthy. He pledged to protect vital programs like Social Security and Medicare as a Member of Congress.
"I'm going to stand up for the middle class and work to protect Social Security and Medicare,” Aguilar said.

Pete Aguilar has deep roots in the Inland Empire, the fourth generation in his family to call the region home. He earned scholarships and worked his way through college, graduating from the University of Redlands.

Today, Aguilar is a small business owner and Mayor of Redlands. As Mayor, Aguilar has built a track record of working across party lines to forge commonsense solutions and strengthen the local economy.

He worked to balance the city's budget and turned its multi-million dollar deficit into a surplus, improving the city’s credit rating. Aguilar also led efforts to improve the business climate in Redlands, invest in San Bernardino County's infrastructure, and create jobs.

Aguilar lives in Redlands with his wife Alisha and their two sons.

Jason Lorimar April 05, 2013 at 05:04 AM
IMHO, Aguilar is simply incompetent. In DC he will be considered an illiterate rube. He'll be taken for granted. He'll get a nice salary, a nice pension, nice perks, be led around nicely, and accomplish nothing. He adds no value at the national level. Why should you expect otherwise? He adds no value at the local level. He has a record: look at it. Redlands has weak mayor system. Aguilar is a weak mayor because no one else wants the position. Council hired a city manager who makes all the serious decisions. There's nothing left for the mayor to do but show up twice a month, vote for staff recommendations, have coffee and platitudes on an occasional saturday, and ignore Cunningham. Aguilar falls into the category of Baca: an incompetent lightweight blinded by self-importance. If you read Aguilar's piece on the dead Mall, you'd realize that he doesn't do homework. It shouldn't be a Democrat or Republican thing, it should be a competence thing. But never underestimate voters.
Jason Lorimar April 05, 2013 at 05:09 AM
make that OVERESTIMATE
Jeffrey Sabatini April 06, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Hey Jason, Shoot me an email if you want to know why the L/N came up like that. If you are as smart as I think, you will figure out the address.
Jason Lorimar April 06, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Mr. Sabatini, It's not about YOU, it's about AGUILAR: is he a good candidate to represent this area in DC? My point in getting personal was to show that epithets can be thrown at everybody, but they don't convince, they just anger. What difference does it make whether Aguilar says he'll serve out his term as mayor or not? For me, it's his performance, not his rhetoric. Meanwhile, got to get back to the bike race.
Jeffrey Sabatini April 06, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Jason, again you assume too much. A sign of your youth, not that anything is wrong with that. I just thought you might be interested in learning something. Especially how you seem to be so vested in what your searches return. It's what we older folks call an "olive branch". Google it. And please, call me Jeff. The point about Aguilar is he avoided all voters questions about if he was committed to serving his full term, or if he was only running to regain his Council seat to mark time and stay in the political view until the next election. If anything, it totally validates your earlier comments. Jason, I and other bloggers on Patch put who we are right out front with our opinions. It's called courage and commitment. Folks know who we are because we have lived next door, went to school & socialized with them since before you were born. So old dog to young dog... don't be so quick to jump in maligning someone based only on returns from some garbage-in/garbage-out website. Especially if you don't have the equal courage to own & take full responsibility for your words like we do. I say this not to criticize, but to invite you to post a photo and JOIN us. You have an edge & view that I believe would become a popular blog. According to the Patch mine are of the top blogs & comments read. To nearly every post some faceless screen name took a shot. The same will happen to you if you choose to pick up the gauntlet, so be prepared. Enjoy the race and think it over.

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