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L-R: Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA), and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar

updated 02/18/14 09:04 AM
Clears the Field for Pete Aguilar
Last Wednesday, Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA (Congressional District 31), announced he will not be seeking reelection to Congress at the end of this term—a decision that all but guarantees a win for democrats in this San Bernardino County district and is welcome news for the credit union community, as well as credit union friend and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D).

With voter registration at 41 percent democrat and 34 percent republican, Miller had already been a top target. Nationally, Congressional District 31 is the most democratic-leaning district held by a republican.

The district became democratic-leaning as a result of redistricting, and in 2012 it went to President Barack Obama by 16 points.

Miller won a term in the redrawn district, which was all new territory for him. Under California’s unusual top-two primary system, Miller and republican Bob Dutton were the top two vote-getters, which meant California Credit Union League-supported Aguilar didn’t advance to the general election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee vowed to make sure that doesn’t happen again, and has given Aguilar its blessing and support. While the stage is set for a democrat to win this election, Aguilar will still need to build upon the strong campaign he has put together over the past year.

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