“If you are not protecting the rights and advocating on behalf of even the least among us, you should not be the elected representative of one of the most economically challenged districts in our state.”
With those words, Cheryl Brown has challenged State Assembly member Eloise Reyes for the privilege of once again representing the community of the 47th District where Brown has lived, loved and served in a number of capacities for the majority of her adult life.
Brown announced her intent to make her case to the voters in a weekly column in the San Bernardino Sun on Sunday, January 14, https://www.sbsun.com/2018/01/12/looking-for-new-solutions-to-old-problems/.
Brown, a Democrat, represented the 47th Assembly District for two terms but lost her seat to fellow Democrat, Reyes, in 2016 in what has been described as one of the most contentious and costly races in the state that election cycle.
“Reyes ran a campaign seeded with lies and twisted truths. She deceived the voters,” Brown asserted. Also, according to Brown, since taking office last January, Reyes has frequently legislated against the best interest of the majority of voters in the Inland Region. “I believe our people deserve better and I’m running to make sure they have an advocate in Sacramento that is focused on their needs and not those of outside interest groups.”
Brown talked passionately about how the needs of the people one is elected to represent must always be first. “That has not been the case this year in regard to Reyes”
In contrast, Brown said she stands on her own proven record of fighting for her constituents and has continued to do so since leaving office. “I will continue to fight for the people who have to drive long distances every day to work to put food on their tables. I will fight for the seniors who this government appears to have forgotten. And, I will fight for our veterans. Tragically so many of them remain homeless and it is important we remind people of all they did for our country and the debt we owe them in return.”
During the 2016 campaign, Brown said Reyes used funding from outside sources to paint her as being in the pockets of special interest, a claim according to Brown was almost laughable because of who funded Reyes’ campaign.
“She specifically said I was in the pocket of oil companies,” Brown challenged and went on to explain how one of the first pieces of legislation Reyes voted “yes” on resulted in increased gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees. The legislation not only placed additional financial pressures on the region’s blue collar and low-income constituents, Brown added that over-time it will result in car owners paying hundreds of additional dollars on the same old vehicles.
“Her vote on this issue was not the best interest of our community,” Brown stressed adamantly, “we got nothing but more dirty air to breathe and are being charged more to breathe it.”
According to Brown, Reyes further deceived voters by claiming she was not following the lead of political power brokers in the Bay area that drive legislation tailored to favor the northern part of the state—proving that too, was an outright lie. Brown next shared how Reyes also claimed to love veterans but meddled in the City of Redlands to deny homeless veterans a clean, new place to live.
Brown said Reyes has earned a reputation in the last year among constituents who say they need a representative willing to work for them, not just someone who shows up for free dinners and a photo op.
During the first Brown-Reyes contest in 2016, there was a flurry of campaign rhetoric about special interests. “I believe there are different kinds of special interest,” Brown stressed. “Unlike my opponent, I have always fought for and represented the people in this community who need representation the most—that’s my special interest group. They include the blue color worker, the struggling senior, the homeless veteran, the small business owner, everyone in the region fighting for opportunities. That’s why I am entering the race.”