1 term is plenty for California congresswoman

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It took barely a year in the Congress for Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod to decide that she could do more for her California constituents by serving in county government.

Negrete McLeod is one of 38 members of the House not seeking re-election in November. Six are from California.

She's frustrated by the gridlock on Capitol Hill and is now seeking election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. That sprawling county includes distant Los Angeles suburbs as well as the Mojave Desert.

Negrete McLeod says she agonized over the decision but concluded she would have more of an impact on the county board.

Her decision raises questions about whether it's another sign that Congress is broken — or simply that it's difficult being a freshman in the minority.

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