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Former Rep. Joe Baca takes steps to run for Fontana mayor this fall

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, who earlier this year lost a bid to return to the House, has found another office to try for -- mayor of Fontana.

Baca has taken steps to become a candidate in the November election, the Fontana city clerk’s office confirmed Monday. He has until Aug. 8 to complete the filing process.

The former congressman from Rialto, who has moved to Fontana, would face current Mayor Acquanetta Warren, who is seeking a second four-year term. Two others also have taken steps to run for the office.

Warren, who once ran for state Assembly as a Republican, made local history four years ago when she became the first African American, and the first woman, elected mayor in the working class city of about 200,000.

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Previously she served eight years on the Fontana City Council. She is also a public works department official for the city of Upland.

Baca represented an Inland Empire congressional district for 13 years before seeking re-election in a neighboring district in 2012. He lost that election to Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino).

This year, Baca ran in the June 3 primary for the 31st Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Miller (R-Rancho Cucamonga). He finished fifth and failed to make the fall general election ballot.

Military veteran Paul Chabot, a Republican, and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, will compete for the Democrat-leaning district seat in the fall.

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Baca was not immediately available for comment Monday.

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