Early fundraising returns sets the stage for the Valley’s Congressional races

The Federal Election Commission released the latest fundraising totals for the House of Representatives candidates.

California’s Congressional candidates recently reported their fundraising totals. Unsurprisingly, the incumbents in the Central Valley’s districts all hold major financial advantages at this early stage. 

Here is a look at where each Central Valley candidate stands as of the last reporting period, which ran from the beginning of the year to March 31: 


House district 9 

Rep. Josh Harder (D–Turlock) took in over $470,000 in the first quarter of the year, while he spent $170,000 in the same period. 

Harder has $1.45 million cash on hand. 

His Republican challenger Brett Dood, a Protestant pastor from Ripon, raised $60,250 and has just over $58,000 on hand. 

House District 13 

Rep. John Duarte pulled in close to $600,000 in the first three months of 2023 while spending $104,000. 

Duarte, who is in his first term in Congress, has $518,742 in the bank. 

Democratic serial candidate Phil Arballo raised $22,272 and has $11,707 left. 

Democrat Brad Boyd ranks third with $7,700 raised, but he does not have any money left in his campaign account. 

Former Merced Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray lost to Gray last year by a slim margin and took in $3,616 in the first period of the year. He has $4,255 left in the bank. 

House District 20 

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) holds the most significant financial lead for any Central Valley candidate against a challenger. 

McCarthy raised $3.8 million in the first period of the year while he spent $2 million.

The Republican leader has $7.2 million cash on hand. 

The leading Democratic challenger is John Burrows, who works as a staffer for Fresno City Councilman Nelson Esparza. Burrows raised $90,627 and has $26,897 left on hand. 

Fresno security guard Andy Morales, whose campaign is being run by Arballo, raised $26,899 and has $12,872 left. 

House district 21 

Longtime Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) is the only candidate who has filed to run for the 21st district so far. 

Costa raised $133,246 in the first quarter of 2023 and has $444,917 in his campaign account. 

House district 22 

The upcoming rematch of Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) and former Bakersfield Democratic Assemblymember Rudy Salas has the Republican incumbent with a major early advantage. 

Valadao took in $526,506 in the first part of the year and has $436,007 left on hand. 

Salas, who announced his candidacy for the seat last December did not raise a single dollar in the first period and only has $4,120 left in the bank.

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