The state Legislature's members are scheduled to be sworn in on Monday but some Inland Valley voters can expect to see a new round of electioneering in the near future.

State Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod, D-Chino, is scheduled to trade her office in Sacramento for one in Washington, D.C. following her election Nov. 6 to the House of Representatives.

McLeod would have had two years remaining for her state Senate term. Her newly-drawn 20th Senate District is heavily Democratic and includes communities in Pomona, Chino Valley, Ontario, Fontana, Rialto, Colton and Grand Terrace.

At least three candidates have declared their intentions to run: Democrats Norma Torres and Larry Walker and Republican Kenny Coble.

Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to declare a special election pending McLeod's official resignation.

The timeline set by state law could provide for a special primary in late April or early May.

If no candidate wins a majority then, a general election would take place involving the primary's top two candidates.

Torres, D-Pomona, is a member of the Assembly and was recently elected to a third term in that house. Torres said earlier this month that she was excited by the prospect of representing a larger district.

Walker serves as San Bernardino County treasurer/tax collector and is a former county supervisor. He said he will campaign as a voice for fiscal conservatism within the Democratic Party.

"It's a district that's going to demand fiscal conservatism and financial accountability," Walker said.

Coble chairs the Pomona planning commission and owns a construction company.

If elected, Coble said his priorities would be education and restoring redevelopment funding for cities.

"The ultimate goal is to those funds back to the city," he said.

Torres defeated Coble in the race for the 52nd Assembly District. He has said, however, that he is confident that his prior run gives him sufficient preparation for a new round of campaigning.

The field of candidates may yet expand. For example, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, is considering a run but has yet to make her decision.

That's the word from Carter's husband, Ratibu Jacocks. He said she will wait to comment on her decision until one is final.

McLeod and other new members of Congress are set be sworn in on Jan. 3.


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