Who is Money Leader for Special Election? One Drops Out of Full-Term Race.
The latest financials for the April 5 special election for Congressional District 22 shows newcomer Matt Stoll, R-Visalia, with the lead. But, there is an asterisk.
Stoll reported raising $220,562. It should be noted that the figures combine fundraising in the special election and a separate full-time congressional race in the June primary. Stoll also lent himself $100,000.
Six candidates are running for the seat vacated by Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, in January. Nunes left to operate former President Donald Trump’s social media company. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two advance to a June 7 primary. Voting is underway and concludes on April 5.
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— Heng running in the special election only.
— One candidate won’t be “Trump Conservative” on the ballot.
— Latest list of who is running for Congress, state Senate and Assembly.
— Kingsburg councilwoman moves into county transportation leadership role.
— Bill on mobile home park managers advances in state Senate.
Heng Not Running for Full Seat
The California Secretary of State released a preliminary list of official candidates for the June primary for full-time seats. One surprise is Elizabeth Heng — running in the special election and who pulled papers to run for the full-time CD 13 seat — is not on the list. Neither is Lourin Hubbard, D-Fresno, but he never committed to running for a full-time seat.
“She is focused just on the special election,” Heng’s campaign says.
CD 22 candidates Stoll, Michael Maher, R-Kingsburg, and Eric Garcia, D-Clovis, are running for the full-time CD 21 seat against Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. Connie Conway, R-Tulare, is only running for the special election, as she stated previously.
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Fundraising Congressional District 22, special election
|Candidate||Overall total||2022 total||Cash on hand||Debts|
|Matt Stoll (R)||$220,562||$220,562||$114,182||$121,007|
|Elizbeth Heng (R)||$214,900||$76,917||$60,254||$94,712|
|Eric Garcia (D)||$205,714||n/a||$1,743||$0|
|Connie Conway (R)||$82,893||$82,893||$50,537||$8,464|
|Michael Maher (R)||$60,049||n/a||$31,152||$70,359|
|Lourin Hubbard (D)||$58,829||n/a||$22,650||$10,000|
Mathys Won’t be a ‘Trump Conservative’ on Ballot
Chris Mathys will not be identified as a “Trump Conservative” on the ballot as he runs for Congress. He will settle for “businessman/rancher.”
Mathys, R-Firebaugh, sued Secretary of State Shirley Weber after he was denied his preferred ballot label. A Sacramento County judge on Friday ruled in the state’s favor.
“I am disappointed in Judge (James) Arguelles decision and (I) support former President Trump 100 percent and believe he was the best president in my lifetime,” Mathys said in a news release.
Mathys is running in the new Congressional District 22 against Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, and Kings County Office of Education Trustee Adam Medeiros, R-Hanford. The primary is June 7.
Who is Running for State Legislature, Congress
Here are candidates running for Fresno-area seats in the state Legislature and Congress, according to the secretary of state. A final list will be released on March 31. The district numbers reflect the new boundaries after redistricting. * denotes incumbent
— Mike Barkley, D-Manteca
— Nathan Magsig, R-Clovis
— David Main, R-Cameron Park
— Tom McClintock, R- Elk Grove*
— Kelsten Charles Obert, R-Modesto
— Steve Wozniak, NPP-Modesto
— Phil Arballo, D-Fresno
— John Duarte, R-Modesto
— David Giglio, R-Madera County
— Adam Gray, D-Merced
— Diego Javier Martinez, R-Sonora
— James Davis, R-Bakersfield
— Ben Dewell, D-Tehachapi
— James Macauley, R-Bakersfield
— Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield*
— Marisa Wood, D-Bakersfield
— Jim Costa, D-Fresno*
— Eric Garcia, D-Clovis
— Michael Maher, R-Kingsburg
— Matt Stoll, R-Visalia
— Chris Mathys, R-Firebaugh
— Adam Medeiros, R-Hanford
— Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield
— David Valadao, R-Hanford*
— Marie Alvarado-Gil, D-Jackson
— Steven Bailey, R-South Lake Tahoe
— Jolene Daly, R-Modesto
— Michael Gordon, R-El Dorado Hills
— Jack Griffith, R-Turlock
— Jeff McKay, R-Modesto
— George Radanovich, R-Mariposa
— Tim Robertson, D-Sacramento
— Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield*
— Susanne Gundy, D-Visalia
— Anna Caballero, D-Merced*
— Paulina Miranda, D-Fresno
— Amnon Shor, R-Fresno
— Melissa Hurtado, D-Bakersfield*
— Bryan Osorio, D-Delano
— Nicole Parra, D-Bakersfield
— David Shepard, R-Porterville
— Gregory Tatum, R-Bakersfield
— Jim Patterson, R-Fresno*
(no other candidates)
— Mike Karbassi, D-Fresno
— Mark Pazin, R-Merced
— Esmeralda Soria, D-Fresno
— Amanda Fleming, R-Firebaugh
— Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno*
— Dolce Misol Calandra, R-Kingsburg
— John Mendoza, D-Selma
— Andrew Verhines, NPP-Fresno
— Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield*
(no other candidates)
— Ruben Macareno, D-Farmersville
— Devon Mathis, R-Porterville*
— Jose Sigala, D-Tulare
— Jasmeet Bains, D-Bakersfield
— Leticia Perez, D-Bakersfield
Roman Joins Fresno COG Board
Kingsburg Councilwoman Michelle Roman broke the glass ceiling at the Fresno Council of Governments. She was recently appointed as chair of the group’s policy board and its Rural Transit Agency.
“I’m very excited about it, and more excited just to be working with all the mayors and cities in Fresno County, especially representing the rural cities like Kingsburg,” Roman said.
Roman is the first woman, the city of Kingsburg says, to hold such leadership positions. Fresno COG is a collection of the various cities in the counties to set transit policy issues.
She replaces the late Fowler Mayor David Cardenas.
“He was a good friend and mentor to myself and many of us. … It just shows the legacy that he left behind. It’s going to take all of us to step up and try to fill those big shoes that he left behind,” Roman said.
Mobile Home Bill Passes Through State Senate
Mobile home park managers should know what they are doing, a proposed state law says.
Senate Bill 869, authored by Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, would require mobile home park managers to be trained on certified rules and regulations affecting such living spaces.
Managers would be required to complete 18 hours of training — as developed by the state Department of Housing and Community Development — and an annual online examination.
Last week, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer met with residents of the Trails End mobile home park. The park is currently under receivership and a court may decide on a new buyer. Residents are concerned about whether a new owner will engage in evictions.
The bill passed the Senate Housing Committee last week and next heads to the Senate Public Safety Committee.