Riverside Democrat Richard D. Roth announced today that he will run for the 31st Senate District, a swing seat that Senate Democrats are targeting as part of their effort to win a two-thirds majority in the upper house.
The attorney and former Air Force officer became the party's choice candidate after efforts to recruit Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge for the seat were unsuccessful. Loveridge joined local political leaders, such as former state Sen. Robert Presley, in endorsing Roth today.
"As a small businessman and retired Air Force officer, I believe there's one thing our elected leaders can take from our men and women in uniform: public service needs to be about working together to get the job done," Roth said in a statement. "It's time to end the partisan games and focus on the critical mission for Riverside County, creating a climate for real job growth."
Assemblyman Jeff Miller, R-Corona, has emerged as the GOP's top candidate for the seat. Former Democratic Assemblyman Steve Clute also launched a campaign for the seat last year.
PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Roth, courtesy of U.S. Air Force