Pete Aguilar running for Congress again

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) has announced that he's running for California's 31st district again, after getting shut out of the race against Rep. Gary Miller (R) in last year's jungle primary.

After 2010 redistricting, the Inland Empire district leans Democratic, and Miller was a top target last fall. But Aguilar finished third in the primary, coming in 2.2 percent behind state Sen. Bob Dutton (R).

Under California's new electoral system, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election, regardless of party. Aguilar was saving cash for the race against Miller and failed to dispatch three Democratic challengers who cut into his support.

A spokesman for the Democratic super PAC House Majority PAC has called Miller “the most endangered Republican incumbent in the country.” Asked if he was running for reelection Miller told the Redlands Daily Facts that he's focused on his work in Congress and will stay focused on it "as long as I have the honor to represent the people of the 31st."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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