It is easy to imagine a local politician losing a bid for a national office. This cycle, a California congresswoman may see it go the other way.
Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., is behind in her bid for a seat on the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, a position she chose to pursue after a single term in the House. She decided to step away from Washington with the hopes of having more influence, and hopefully getting more done, in local California politics.
“I would have stayed in Congress until they carried me out,” Negrete McLeod told CQ Roll Call in October. “But it’s a place where nothing gets done.”
Negrete McLeod trails Republican Curt Hagman, a state Assemblyman, 48 percent to 52 percent, in the race for the seat on the five-member panel that governs the swath of California that reaches from the eastern edges of Los Angeles to the border of Arizona.
Norma Torres won the seat left open in California’s 35th, fighting off fellow Democrat Christina Gagnier in the top-two election.
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