Assembly fundraising: Who’s hauling in cash to replace Jim Patterson?

The Valley’s newest lawmakers in Sacramento are flexing their muscle to avoid any close calls in 2024.

California Assembly candidates have reported their latest fundraising numbers for the first half of 2023. 

Here’s a look at where the candidates stand in the Central Valley: 


Assembly District 8: Asm. Jim Patterson (R–Fresno) is wrapping up his last term in office, leaving a vacancy that promises one of the more interesting contests in the Golden State. 

  • He has endorsed David Tangipa to replace him. Tangipa, a staffer for Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig and former Fresno State football star, has hit the ground running by raising $158,101.36 in from January to July. 
  • Tangipa has $146,438.50 left in the bank. 
  • His opponent is former Congressman George Radanovich, who unsuccessfully ran for State Senate last year. 
  • Radanovich officially filed his paperwork to run for Assembly on July 20, entering after the fundraising reporting period closed. 
  • Yet his Senate campaign account is still open with the state and paints a much rougher picture with the latest filing on Monday. 
  • Radanovich did not report any monetary contributions to his defunct Senate campaign for the first half of 2023, and his total cash on hand there sits at $5,993.14. 
  • He also reported $102,844.09 in outstanding debts, which include unpaid bills to consultants and reimbursements to himself. 

Assembly District 27: Asm. Esmeralda Soria (D–Fresno) is in her first term after defeating former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin in the open 27th district. 

  • Her reelection bid is off to a booming start as she raised $674,772 from January through June. 
  • Soria has $567,422 left in her war chest and does not have a challenger yet. 
  • “I am humbled by the trust and support of the people of District 27, Soria said in a statement. “Together, we have made a real difference in the everyday lives of thousands of Central Valley residents. This is only the beginning. There is so much more to do and we are just getting started. I have and will continue to fight for the Central Valley everyday.” 

Assembly District 31: Asm. Joaquin Arambula (D–Fresno) brought in $83,650 to start the year, adding to over $90,000 that he already had in the bank. 

  • After spending more than $100,000, Arambula has $81,632.13 on hand and does not have a challenger for his seat. 

Assembly District 35: Asm. Jasmeet Bains (D–Bakersfield) opened up her reelection bid by raising $398,372.62 in the first half of 2023. 

  • She spent close to $80,000, leaving her with $343,749.37 as she fends off a challenge from Bakersfield City Councilman Andrae Gonzales. 
  • Gonzales raised $101,356 so far and has not spent any of it.
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