BY JEFF HORSEMAN / The Press-Enterprise
So far, no one has announced plans to challenge Sen. Richard Roth in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped the Riverside Democrat from announcing a string of endorsements from local elected leaders as he seeks a second four-year term.
In recent months, Roth’s campaign has issued a number of press releases touting the support of various politicians. The list includes Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey; District Attorney Mike Hestrin; supervisors Marion Ashley, John Tavaglione and John Benoit and former Riverside mayor Ron Loveridge.
In a statement sent by a campaign consultant, Roth said: “I am proud that so many community leaders, Democrats and Republicans, have endorsed me for re-election to the State Senate. I am announcing my endorsements to show the support I have received locally and to build momentum toward the election in June.”
“Between now and then, I am working to make sure that my list of supporters continues to grow and that my campaign remains strong. As someone who won a tough election before, I don’t want to take anything for granted.”
The senator has raised more than $631,000 for his 2016 campaign fund, state records show.
Roth, an attorney and retired Air Force general, was elected to represent the 31st Senate District – Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, Corona, Jurupa Valley and Eastvale – in 2012, following a competitive race with Republican Assemblyman Jeff Miller. More than $9 million was spent on the race, making it the costliest Senate contest in California in 2012.
Democrats hold a 3-percentage point edge in voter registration in the 31st, which went to President Barack Obama in 2012.