5 ways new political maps affect the Inland Empire – Press Enterprise

The Inland Empire’s political landscape now has a new map.

Following months of work, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission late Monday, Dec. 20, finalized new state legislative and congressional districts. The process, known as redistricting, happens every 10 years after the census.

When it comes to Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the final maps don’t look much different from draft maps released Nov. 10. Barring a successful court challenge, the new districts will shape how Inland residents are represented in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. for the next decade.

Here’s a look at what the new districts mean for the region.

Some incumbents safer, others less so

The maps are a boon to some members of the Inland congressional delegation. Reps. Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake; and Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino; have easier paths to re-election with districts that are redder and bluer, respectively.

Aguilar on Tuesday, Dec. 21, announced he would run in his new district, which includes many of the cities — Redlands, San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Grand Terrace, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga — from his original district.

“My family has called the Inland Empire home for four generations and it’s an honor to serve as the voice of our community in Congress,” Aguilar said in a news release.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, was on the GOP’s 2022 target list. But his district was split in a way that creates a more Democratic-friendly district that includes the far eastern ends of Riverside and San Bernardino counties and Imperial County.

Ruiz announced he would run in this new district shortly after the final maps came out.


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