The Inland Empire was the center of the political universe Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both holding separate public rallies in San Bernardino and Riverside.
Clinton, who was at the UC Riverside campus, is leading in California polls and in the Inland Empire among Democrats. She remained on target to tell her supporters she is the one to help raise the income level for the working middle class, lower health care costs while improving education, a concern of student populations.
Sanders was in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show after holding a rally at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. Sanders continued his message on a wide range of issues, including his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change, and ensuring universal health care. Justin, one of my grandsons, was one of the many who went to hear him speak.
In my opinion by having them visit at the same time shines the political spotlight on the importance of Inland Empire voters and the region. That focus can lead to greater economic opportunities if we retain and add the right kind of officials at the national, state, and local levels. I am suggesting to you my voters guide as follows:
Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator
San Bernardino County
Pete Aguilar, 31st District U.S. Representative
Norma Torres, 35th District U. S. Representative
Cheryl Brown, 47th Assembly District
James Ramos, 3rd District Supervisor
Josie Gonzales, 5th District Supervisor
Mark Takano, 41st District U.S. Representative
Richard Roth, 31st Senate District
Jose Medina, 61st Assembly District
Chuck Washington, 3rd District Supervisor
47th Democratic Central Committee