SGV Senate Seat Money Hunt

It costs, on average, $1.1 million to win a seat in the California Senate, according to Maplight.org. As of the reporting period ending in 2017 for the San Gabriel Valley race to replace Sen. Ed Hernandez, Mike Eng has $1.156 million; Susan Rubio $306,000; everyone else either has dropped out (Vicky Martinez) or not reported any contributions (Monica Garcia, Michael Adams, Ruben Sierra). The only other money in the race is in a fund controlled by disgraced Roger Hernandez. I hear he’s chasing the cannabis train, but who knows.

UPDATE: This is cash on hand. The candidates have spent some of the money they have raised.

San Gabriel Valley Senate Seat Up for Grabs

The prevailing wisdom is that former Assemblyman Mike Eng, husband of party favorite Congresswoman Judy Chu, is the frontrunner and the party anointed successor to Ed Hernandez for state Senate District 22 seat.

But while Eng still has a large money advantage, other strong candidates, especially Baldwin City Councilwoman Susan Rubio, have announced.

Rubio, the ex-wife of former (and disgraced) Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, has ridden the rising tide of women fighting back against sexual harassment and also reined in endorsements.That, and an overwhelming Latino voter advantage, could help her in the 2018 election. Also helping is that her sister, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, has a track record of beating the prevailing wisdom.

2010 Census Demographics for SD22

 

Asian

Black

Latino

Citizen Voting-Age Population

2.0%

31.4%

44.1%

Total Population

1.7%

31.8%

53.4%

Campaign Finance and Declared Candidates 

ADAMS, MICHAEL L.

Nothing Reported

NO PARTY PREFERENCE

Eng, Michael

$1,084,951.21

DEMOCRATIC

Trustee, LA Community College District

Garcia, Raquel “Monica

Nothing Reported

DEMOCRATIC

Councilwoman, Baldwin Park

Hernandez, Roger

$128,731 (Assembly/Senate)

DEMOCRATIC

Not Running…

Martinez, Victoria

$47,046

DEMOCRATIC

Councilwoman,     El Monte

Rubio, Susan

$135,843

DEMOCRATIC

Councilwoman, Baldwin Park

SIERRA, RUBEN

Nothing Reported

DEMOCRATIC

Union organizer