Councilman Alan Wapner found himself in a bit of a predicament at the Jan. 15 meeting when he tried to congratulate Mayor Paul Leon on his bid for a seat on the state Senate.
State Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod’s seat was vacated when she was elected to Congress in November.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced that a special primary election for the Inland Empire’s 32nd Senate District will be March 12. The district includes Pomona, Ontario, Fontana and Rialto.
“I don’t remember when or if we have had an Ontario resident in our state Legislature,” Wapner said. “Frankly, I’m tired of our city being the largest city in the district being represented by residents in Chino or Pomona. I think it’s time we have an Ontario representative representing the largest city in the district.”
As Wapner gave his endorsement and vowed to support Leon in his bid, he realized one thing.
“Paul, good luck to you and congratulations. Oh, I’m sorry, the other Paul is running, too. Oops.” Wapner said, referring about Councilman Paul Vincent Avila’s run for the seat.
The comment drew laughter from those on the dais.
“Let’s just say I support and endorse Paul,” Wapner said.