The Hanford Republican, running for his third consecutive term and sixth overall, raised $438,000 for the second quarter in 2023, and $1.7 million in this election cycle.
Meanwhile, conservative Chris Mathys — a former Fresno city councilman now living in Firebaugh — announced he is challenging Valadao again in 2024. Mathys also ran in 2022, finishing third in a four-person race in the primary.
Bakersfield Democrat Rudy Salas — a former Assemblyman who also ran in 2022, losing to Valadao in the general election, 51.5%-48.5% — is making another go of it in 2024.
Salas reported raising $213,000 for the quarter for an election total of $250,000. Politico reported he has picked up top-line Democratic endorsements from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, and several other statewide elected leaders.
That could be bad news for another Democrat running, Bakersfield state Sen. Melissa Hurtado. She reported raising only $44,000. Her top endorsement is Bakersfield Assemblywoman Jasmeet Bains.
Mathys reported $500 cash on hand.
FPPC in Town
The state agency in charge of regulating campaign finance will hold a rare hearing in Fresno on Thursday. The Fair Political Practices Commission meets for a regular hearing at 10 a.m. at the Leon Peters Ellipse Gallery on the Fresno State campus.
The agenda includes an update on how to interpret SB 1439, the new anti-pay-to-play law that has caused much confusion; and approving penalties for two candidates (neither from Fresno) who violated campaign finance law.
The meeting is open to the public.
For the Dogs
A new dog park opened at Roeding Park on Tuesday. Mayor Jerry Dyer and Councilman Miguel Arias were among those attending the ribbon cutting.
Arias announced the park will informally be called Puppy Love Park until a city council vote makes it official.
The $762,000 park was paid through Measure P funds.