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Pete Aguilar
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 31
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Redlands
High schoolYucaipa High School
Place of birthFontana, California
Campaign website
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Pete Aguilar is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 31st Congressional District of California. He also ran in 2012, but was defeated in the Democratic primary.


Aguilar first entered public service in 2001 as Deputy Director and then Interim Director for the Inland Empire Regional Office of the Governor. He was appointed to the Redlands City Council in 2006 and won election the next year. Aguilar currently serves as Mayor of Redlands.[1]


Campaign themes


Aguilar's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Helping Businesses Grow and Create Jobs
Excerpt: "With high unemployment in the Inland Empire, Pete knows that putting people back to work is job one. As Redlands Mayor, Pete created an economic development action plan for the city to improve the local business climate."
  • Standing Up for Working Families
Excerpt: "As Redlands Mayor, Pete made the tough choices to balance the city’s budget and create a reserve fund. He’ll bring the same fiscal common sense to Congress. Pete will work to get the federal budget under control, by cutting wasteful spending and identifying programs that are not effective. "
  • Improving Our Schools
Excerpt: "As a parent, Pete shares the concern of many in San Bernardino County about the affect [sic] of budget cuts to our schools and public colleges. He is committed to promoting federal investments that can help reduce class sizes and provide our schools with the tools they need to educate our children."
  • Restoring Our Roads, Highways and Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Pete believes that investments to improve our roads, highways and infrastructure are vital to helping local businesses and creating jobs. That’s why he led efforts to invest billions in federal dollars locally over the next 30 years to make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work and do business."
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Medicare is at risk. Some in Congress are pushing to replace it with a voucher program that will force seniors to pay $6,000.00 more in out-of-pocket medical expenses each year. Pete will fight to protect Medicare in Congress, opposing program cuts."



See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

Aguilar is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. Aguilar advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014.[3]

Aguilar was set to challenge incumbent Gary Miller for the seat once again, but Miller chose to retire.[4]

Aguilar is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[5]

U.S. House, California District 31 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Chabot 26.6% 14,163
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Aguilar 17.4% 9,242
     Republican Lesli Gooch 17% 9,033
     Democratic Eloise Reyes 15.9% 8,461
     Democratic Joe Baca 11.2% 5,954
     Democratic Danny Tillman 8.7% 4,659
     Republican Ryan Downing 3.3% 1,737
Total Votes 53,249
Source: California Secretary of State


The following Democratic representatives endorsed Aguilar in his primary battle.[6][7][8]

Aguilar also received the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[9]

Aguilar received the backing of the California Democratic Party at its state convention. He received the support of 74% of the delegates compared to Reyes' 18%.[10]


See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2012

Aguilar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 31st District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[11][12]

U.S. House, California District 31 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller (R) Incumbent 26.7% 16,708
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Dutton (R) 24.8% 15,557
Pete Aguilar (D) 22.6% 14,181
Justin Kim (D) 13.5% 8,487
Renea Wickman (D) 6.7% 4,188
Rita Ramirez-Dean (D) 5.7% 3,546
Total Votes 62,667

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Aguilar's reports.

Pete Aguilar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$19,648.45$16.64$(2,623.88)$17,041.21
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$17,041.21$301,863.62$(28,548.32)$290,356.51
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2013$290,356.51$200,234.82$(52,865.57)$437,725.76
Year-End[16]January 31, 2014$437,725$147,086$(61,248)$523,564
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$523,564$262,047$(102,375)$683,236
Pre-Primary[18]May 22, 2014$683,236$131,735$(412,215)$402,755
Running totals


Aguilar and his wife, Alisha, have two sons and live in Redlands.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Campaign website, "About," accessed April 23, 2014
  2. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 25, 2012
  3. The New York Times, "California Primary Results," May 3, 2014
  4. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: A ton of House candidates start coming out of the woodwork," April 3, 2013
  5. Roll Call;, "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits," May 9, 2013
  6. Roll Call, "Two House Democrats Back Aguilar Over Baca #CA31," May 6, 2013
  7. Roll Call, "Ten House Democrats Endorse Pete Aguilar #CA31," May 22, 2013
  8. Roll Call, "Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides in Crowded House Primary | #CA31," August 19, 2013
  9. The Hill, "Feinstein endorses Calif. House candidate over ex-Rep. Baca," July 10, 2013
  10. Pete Aguilar campaign website, "Pete Aguilar Receives Backing Of California Democratic Party For CD 31 Seat," March 9, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014