Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar formally announced his plans to run again for the 31st Congressional District next year. GOP Rep. Gary Miller defeated a fellow Republican for the Inland Empire seat last November, after Aguilar, a Democrat, failed to make the runoff in what was considered by many observers a seat Democrats could win.
Miller is considered one of the state's most vulnerable incumbents because of a seven-point voter registration advantage for Democrats in the district. Labor unions have already run television ads criticizing the congressman.
Democrat Ro Khanna also chose this week to make official his plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Mike Honda in Silicon Valley's 17th Congressional District. Khanna, a former Obama administration official who has more than $1 million in a campaign account he opened several years ago, made the news public in a video posted to YouTube. Several alumni of President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign have signed on to help run his campaign, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rumors that Khanna would jump in the race sent Honda's team into full campaign mode. His consultants have released private polling data that shows the incumbent with an advantage and endorsements from heavyweights like Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in recent weeks.
PHOTO CREDITS: Pete Aguilar, left, and Ro Khanna. Courtesy of the Aguilar Campaign/YouTube
Editor's note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Democrats' voter registration advantage in the 31st Congressional District.