Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs



Published: 25 May 2012 06:36 PM

WASHINGTON — Candidates for Inland Southern California’s newly reshaped congressional districts filed their final fundraising reports before the June 5 primary, shedding new light on the region’s contested House races.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione topped all area candidates, collecting more than $177,000 between April 1 and May 16, Federal Election Commission reports show. Tavaglione, a Republican, jumped ahead of his chief rival, Democrat Mark Takano, for the election cycle. Tavaglione has now raised just under $600,000 in his bid for the 41st Congressional District, which includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley.

Takano, a teacher and Riverside Community College trustee, brought in just below $60,000 in the period and has raised more than $556,000 to date. There are three other candidates for the seat: Republicans Vince Sawyer and George Pearne, and Democrat Anna Nevenic. None of the three reported any fundraising.

Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, raised almost $149,000 for the period, answering a strong showing in the last quarter from her Democratic opponent, emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz. In doing so, Bono Mack eclipsed the $1 million dollar mark in her push for a ninth term. Ruiz mustered about $94,000 after topping all candidates in the previous period and has now collected more than $570,000 in his run for the 36th Congressional District, which contains Hemet, Banning, Beaumont and the Coachella Valley.

In the San Bernardino Valley’s 31st Congressional District, Rep. Gary Miller led the pack, bringing in more than $113,000 in the six-week period. Miller, R-Diamond Bar, announced in January that he planned to move to the area and run in the 31st, which stretches from Rancho Cucamonga to Redlands.

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, was close behind, hauling in just under $112,000. Following them was another Democrat, Loma Linda attorney Justin Kim, who collected about $24,000 and state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who raised almost $16,000.

Nonprofit founder Renea Wickman raised about $8,000, while retired educator Rita Ramirez-Dean did not report any fundraising.

There are 13 candidates vying to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes Yucaipa, the High Desert, communities in the San Bernardino Mountains and portions of Mono and Inyo counties. Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, topped the crowded pack, raking in more than $71,000.

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