Challenger Flynn Neck-and-Neck with Aguilar in Congressional Race


Sean Flynn


REDLANDS — In the June 5 primary for the 31st Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Pete Aguilar is facing a serious challenge from Republican Sean Masaki Flynn.

As of June 12, Aguilar led by less than a percentage point with 35,372 votes (45.8 percent) to Flynn’s 35,180 (45.6 percent). Republican Kaisar Ahmed was third with 6,678 (8.6 percent). Aguilar and Flynn will face off in the Nov. 5 general election.

The 31st District includes all or portions of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Colton, and Rialto. Aguilar, who previously served as mayor of Redlands, was first elected in 2014.

In the 2016 primary, Flynn was one of five candidates for the congressional seat. The runoff election was between Aguilar and Republican Paul Chabot.

“I am humbled by the support from the voters last night,” Flynn said on June 6. “While there are still votes being counted, last night’s results confirm that this is a winnable district. I want to thank my campaign team and our incredible volunteers who worked hard to make this win a reality.

“We have a lot of work to do in the coming months, but I am confident we can bring new leadership to this district.”