Freshman Calif. Congresswoman Will Not Seek Re-Election

Would rather pursue a county position


Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, a freshman Democrat, announced Tuesday that she will run for San Bernardino County supervisor rather than Congress, becoming the sixth California House member to head for the exits and potentially creating yet another competitive race.

"My heart is here in the district," she said in a written statement.

After agonizing over whether to run for reelection to Congress or a seat on the Board of Supervisors, "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," she said.