In a neighboring Inland Empire district, a former aide to retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga) got into the race to succeed him. Lesli Gooch accompanied her announcement Wednesday with endorsements from Miller and San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt, among others.
Torres is the first elected official to jump into the race to replace Negrete McLeod in the strongly Democratic 35th District. Negrete McLeod announced Tuesday that she will step aside to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
The state Senate district that Torres currently represents overlaps the congressional district seat she is seeking.
Miller announced last week that he is retiring rather than seek reelection in the increasingly Democratic 31st District. Four Democrats in the race have been campaigning for months.
Miller and Negrete McLeod are the latest of six incumbent House members who have decided to relinquish their posts at the end of the year.