38th District candidates share campaign finance totals

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As the deadline to report finance totals for state campaign committees approaches, candidates offered a preview into their overall contributions ahead of the primary election in March.

All committees are expected to file paperwork with the California Secretary of State’s office no later than Friday night, after which the state will then release the most recent fundraising totals for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The most recent reporting period from Jan. 1 through Jan. 18 shows how candidates started the new year by listing total contributions received in that time frame, along with a candidate’s expenditures and ending cash amount.

Here’s a look at all the candidates running for the state Assembly’s 38th District, which is currently held by Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita. She is not seeking re-election as she is running for former Rep. Katie Hill’s 25th Congressional District seat:

Republican candidates

Suzette Martinez Valladares

Valladares has so far raised approximately $88,500, according to Tim Rosales with her campaign. During the January period, she spent just more than $26,200 and had $19,600 in ending cash.

She is running against the only other Republican candidate Lucie Volotzky, who did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Democratic candidates

Dina Cervantes

Cervantes raised a total of $5,045 for the January reporting period, according to the Secretary of State.

Cervantes spent just more than $8,100 and reported $16,270 in ending cash for that same time frame. Her campaign did not offer estimated total contributions when reached for comment Thursday.

Annie Cho

Cho raised $1,800 during the January period, putting her in the lead in fundraising totals of $44,500 for the filing cycle between January 2019 through Dec. 31. She reported spending just more than $21,300 and $24, 100 in cash on hand. 

Kelvin Driscoll

Driscoll will report a total of about $55,000 since joining the race in December, according to campaign consultant David Roberts.

In January, he raised more than $34,000 and spend just more than $22,700. His ending cash was nearly $12,000.

Brandii Grace

Grace, who did not respond Thursday with total contributions, raised nearly $12,000 during the first month of 2020 and reported no expenditures during that period, along with $15,400 in cash on hand.

Candidate Susan Christopher announced in mid-December she was dropping out of the race. She had zero funds in cash on hand by Thursday, according to the Secretary of State website.  

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