Inland Empire Native Lesli Gooch Announces Run for the 31st Congressional District
Announces Endorsement from Retiring Congressman Gary Miller
(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – Today, Inland Empire native and legislative policy veteran Lesli Gooch announced she will run for the 31st Congressional District to replace retiring Congressman Gary Miller. Her announcement comes with prominent endorsements and an impressive $100,000 in campaign donations.
“I am running for the 31st Congressional District to bring real solutions to Washington, DC and to protect the voices of our families, cities, business owners, and everyone like me, who calls the Inland Empire their home. I have spent my career fighting for the residents of the 31st District in our nation’s capital,” said Lesli in her announcement at a campaign stop in Rancho Cucamonga. ”My passion has always been finding effective and achievable solutions to the issues facing the citizens of the Inland Empire, where I grew up and my family resides. “
“It has been an honor to dedicate my career to serving the people of the 31st Congressional District, and once elected I will continue to fight for our families, business owners and communities by putting policy outcomes before politics and delivering federal support to address the needs in the Inland Empire,” she continued.
With her announcement, Lesli unveiled an impressive 72-hour fundraising tally of over $100,000 and the endorsements of several critical community figures including the 31st’s retiring Congressman, Gary Miller.
“Lesli has spent the past 15 years on Capitol Hill fighting for San Bernardino County families,” said Congressman Miller. “As my Senior Policy Director, Lesli has worked tirelessly developing programs to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities for Inland Empire families; securing funding and administrative victories to improve our streets and schools; and fighting to ensure Inland Empire small businesses thrive and create good paying jobs.”
In addition to her work on behalf of the region inside the halls of Congress, Lesli was there to serve the Inland Empire through the economic crisis, fighting to ensure our region received its fair share of federal recovery efforts. She delivered results to stabilize the housing market and jump start economic recovery as a consultant for San Bernardino County, Inland Empire housing non-profits, and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino.
In announcing her candidacy, Lesli said: “Economic prosperity and job security will come from making sure the Inland Empire is the best place to live and grow a business, and the safest place to raise a family.”
“Rather than focus on what divides us, we need to concentrate on the values that unite us: decent, safe neighborhoods to live in, safe schools for our children, and well-paying jobs. All of this comes from American prosperity, and with the right leadership in Washington, we can return prosperity and growth to the Inland Empire.”
Congressman Gary Miller’s endorsement is joined by San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt.
“Lesli has consistently been a strong advocate for our community. She has an impressive track record of delivering actual results for San Bernardino County,” noted longtime County Supervisor Gary C. Ovitt. “Her knowledge and policy expertise will serve us well in Congress. Lesli is the only candidate in this race that can demonstrate proven results and I am honored to stand with her for the 31st District.”
In today’s announcement, Lesli Gooch has also been endorsed by long time community leader Frank Williams, Chairman of the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County and the Executive Director of the Ontario Airport Alliance.
“Lesli has been working for the best interest of our County for almost two decades,” said Mr. Williams. “She is absolutely the most qualified candidate for this job. She is ready to hit the ground running and needs no on-the-job training. As our Congresswoman, I know she will deliver for us in Washington.”