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Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, who advanced from the state Senate in 2012, will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors instead of seeking re-election.

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  • By the numbers

    California’s two major political parties continue to lose ground in voter registration as the ranks of independent voters swell, a new report by the secretary of state’s office indicates. As of Dec. 31, Democrats had 43.6 percent of 17.7 million registered voters, but that’s a point lower than it was four years ago. Republicans, at 28.73 percent, have dropped two percentage points from 2010. Independents have picked up the major parties’ losses, up nearly a full percentage point from 2010 at 20.9 percent.

    – Dan Walters

The Buzz: Gloria Negrete McLeod sixth California House member to announce departure from Congress

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Congresswoman won’t

run for a second term

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, has been in Congress about a year, but announced Tuesday she will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors instead of re-election.

She becomes the sixth of California’s 53 incumbents to announce they are leaving Congress after this year.

Negrete McLeod, who served a dozen years in the California Legislature before defeating then-Rep. Joe Baca in the redrawn 35th Congressional District in 2012, said she decided to leave Congress because “my desire to represent this community locally, where I have lived for more than 40 years, and where I have long served as an elected official, won out.”

State Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, has been mentioned as a likely candidate for the 35th. She was elected to the Senate in a May 2013 special election to serve out the remainder of Negrete McLeod’s Senate term.

The decision from Negrete McLeod, 72, came after retirement announcements from Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, George Miller, D-Martinez, Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar, and John Campbell, R-Irvine.

– Jim Miller

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“I came here hoping to change the debate for those who do run for president.”

REP. DARRELL ISSA, Vista Republican, in New Hampshire, insisting he’s not running for president in 2016.

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