I just received a press release from the Larry Walker campaign, which reads:

    San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker announced his
    campaign for State Senate today. Walker, a Democrat, will run in a special election next year to
    fill the remainder of the term that will soon be vacated by Congresswoman-Elect Gloria Negrete
    McLeod.
    “I have been honored to represent portions of this district for over thirty years as a local elected
    leader,” said Walker. “Our community deserves a strong State Senator, in the tradition of
    Ruben Ayala and Gloria Negrete McLeod, who is willing to stand up to the special interests in
    Sacramento and work toward finding common sense solutions to our problems. I’m running for
    State Senate to create quality jobs, improve school performance and safety and preserve
    frontline public services that our most vulnerable citizens rely on and I am very excited about
    the campaign ahead.”
    Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader for
    over thirty years. He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected Auditor-
    Controller / Treasurer / Tax Collector. He previously represented the cites of Chino, Ontario,
    and Montclair and a portion of Fontana for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of
    Supervisors. Prior to that, he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.
    Larry, his wife Carri, and their sons Mac, Will, and Tyler, live in Chino.
    California’s 32nd State Senate District encompasses the cities of Colton, Fontana, Montclair,
    Ontario, Rialto, San Bernardino and part of Chino, and the unincorporated communities of
    Bloomington and Muscoy in San Bernardino County; and the City of Pomona in Los Angeles
    County. Negrete McLeod is expected to resign from the seat prior to her inauguration into
    Congress. The Governor will then set a date for a Special Election to be held in 2013 to fill the
    vacancy.

    The campaign also sent some additional background information:

    San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker is in a strong position to win the Special Election
    to replace Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod due to his broad popularity as a local elected leader, previous
    electoral performances, strong local endorsements and record of accomplishments.
    Broad Popularity
    • Larry Walker has represented large portions of State Senate District 32 as a local elected leader
    for over thirty years. He currently represents all of San Bernardino County as the elected
    Auditor-Controller / Treasurer / Tax Collector. He previously represented the cites of Chino,
    Ontario, and Montclair for three terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
    Prior to that he served as a City Councilmember and Mayor in the City of Chino.
    • As Auditor-Controller, Walker currently represents over 80% of State Senate District 32.
    Previous Electoral Performance
    • Walker has an unparalleled record of winning elections in San Bernardino County. He won
    election to the Chino City Council at the age of 26 in 1978 and he went on to win Mayoral
    elections in 1980 and 1984.
    • In 1986, he won a landslide victory to the County Board of Supervisors, in which he became the
    only Democrat to serve on the Board, by defeating an appointed incumbent who outspent him
    by a 2 to 1 margin. He was reelected to the Board of Supervisors in 1990 and 1994.
    • Walker won countywide elections to serve as San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller /
    Recorder in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010. He has avoided a runoff in all four of his countywide
    elections by garnering over 50% of the vote in the Primary Election.
    Strong Local Endorsements
    • Walker’s early endorsers includes Montclair Mayor Paul Eaton, Chino Councilmember Glen
    Duncan, Ontario Councilmember Jim Bowman, Montclair Councilmember John Dutrey, Upland
    Councilmember Brendan Brandt, and many other local community leaders.
    Record of Accomplishments
    • Over the past 14 years, Walker has helped transform the office of Auditor-Controller and
    Recorder into effective, customer-oriented service units, with an emphasis on automation and
    the use of new technology for greater service and cost savings.
    • Walker created San Bernardino County’s Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline and has increased
    internal performance audits.
    • Walker was a leader in local efforts to construct the 71 Freeway and widen both I-10 and SR-60.
    He also helped lead the effort to establish Commuter Rail in Southern California and was a
    founding Board Member of SCRRA / METROLINK.
    • Walker founded the Southern California Agricultural Land Foundation, which preserved over 200
    acres of operating dairies using allocations from Prop 70.
    • Walker initiated San Bernardino County’s participation in major Tobacco Litigation in the 1990s,
    resulting in over $20 million in annual revenue.

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