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Posted on August 9, 2023

WWW.UKENREPORT.COM Posted by the outstanding, award-winning Journalist Cindy Uken | Aug 8, 2023 | NewsPolitics

Holstege Fundraising Outpaces Opponent Wallis


PALM SPRINGS — The campaign of Christy Holstege, Democratic candidate for California’s 47th Assembly District, has raised $322,637 during the first half of 2023, the most of any candidate running for the hotly-contested Palm Springs seat, according to campaign finance reports.

Additionally, the Holstege campaign reported holding more than $300,000 in cash-on-hand – $50,000 more than Incumbent Greg Wallis, her Republican opponent – a critical metric of campaign resource strength heading into the fall. The fundraising numbers reflect on-the-ground enthusiasm and excitement for the campaign to elect a Democrat to represent AD47 in the state legislature.

“We’ve worked hard to build a campaign fueled by AD47 voters and are proud of the breadth and depth of support we’ve received from the community,” said Holstege. “This race is about creating the best possible future for our desert region – one that is affordable, healthy, and encourages opportunity for everyone.  I am enormously grateful for the support and for every person who has put their time, energy, or money behind this campaign.”

The 47th Assembly District includes Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Yucaipa, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Yucca Valley, and parts of Redlands, Highland and San Jacinto.

“Christy is talking about the issues that resonate most with voters in our desert communities – the cost of living, homelessness, and economic development,” Holstege Communications Director Amelia Matier said. “The enthusiasm for bringing new leadership and real results to AD47 is palpable. Christy is the candidate who will always put her community first by fighting for the resources the desert region deserves.”

The closely watched seat remains a top priority for California Assembly Democrats after Holstege lost to her GOP opponent by just 85 votes in 2022, in one of the closest races in California legislative history. Holstege’s strong fundraising comes on the heels of a string of high-profile endorsements, including Attorney General Rob Bonta, Controller Malia Cohen, Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, SEIU California, and the Legislative LGBTQ+ Caucus.

Holstege is a civil rights attorney, community organizer, and the former Mayor of Palm Springs.  She currently serves as a member of the City Council.

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