After much speculation during the past few weeks, Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod pulled papers this morning for the Fourth District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Negete McLeod is serving her first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Supervisor Gary Ovitt is leaving his county board seat amid years of scandal involving a $102 million settlement the county district attorney says is tainted by bribes and extortion. Ovitt’s chief of staff, Mark Kirk, is currently under indictment for allegedly obtaining Ovitt’s vote in return for a $100,000 policical action committee donation by Jeff Burum. Burum is one of the partners receiving a portion of the settlement.
Ovitt’s decision to leave office open the door for at least two major candidates to run for the seat, Negrete McLeod and Assemblyman Curt Hagman. Hagman declared his candidacy last week.
In a statement from her campaign this morning, Negrete McLeod wrote, “I have chosen to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and not reelection to Congress. This was a decision not made lightly. However my desire to represent this community locally, where I have lived for more than forty years, and where I have long served as an elected official, won out. My federal, state, and local experience will allow me the opportunity to effectively represent the constituents of the Fourth District.
“It is a great honor and privilege to have represented the constituents of this district for almost two decades in many elected positions including Congress: but my heart is here in the District. I am committed to serve the remainder of my congressional term with the same steadfast dedication that I have always given as a public servant whether as a Chaffey Community College Board Member, a California Assembly Member, or a California State Senator.
“My commitment to the residents and the district is unwavering!”
Negrete McLeod is a 44-year resident of Chino. She and her husband Gilbert McLeod, a retired police lieutenant, have 10 children, 25 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.