Democrat Richard Pan has a big lead in the fundraising race for the open 9th Assembly District campaign against two Republican challengers.
The 5th State Senate District campaign, also an open seat, appears to be a more competitive race, with Republicans Bill Berryhill and Leroy Ornellas showing a slight edge in funds over Democrat Cathleen Galgiani.
In campaign disclosure statements for the 2011 calendar year, Pan, a Sacramento assemblyman who is running for the new Assembly seat representing Lodi and Galt, received slightly more than $300,000 in 2011.
Elk Grove City Councilwoman Sophia Gonzales Scherman, a Republican, has collected only $22,044. Tony Amador, a Republican from Lodi, didn’t file a campaign disclosure statement because he didn’t announce his candidacy until this year.
Tuesday was the deadline for candidates to file campaign disclosure statements with the California Secretary of State’s office.
Pan’s major contributors include fellow doctors and other individuals and groups affiliated with the medical industry.
In the 5th State Senate District race, which includes Galt and most of San Joaquin County, Berryhill leads the pack with $320,625.49, followed by Ornellas with $255,450 and Galgiani with $152,750.10.
The three State Senate hopefuls are current office-holders. Berryhill is an assemblyman representing areas east of Lodi, plus Stanislaus County. A long-time Ceres farmer, Berryhill bought a house this week in Stockton so that he can live in both his current 26th Assembly District and the new 5th Senate District he hopes to serve after the 2012 election.
Ornellas, a Tracy dairy farmer, represents southern San Joaquin County on the Board of Supervisors, and Galgiani, who lives in Livingston, is assemblywoman for the 17th Assembly District.
Berryhill’s major contributions are dominated by agricultural interests, especially from the Hughson and Fresno areas. Ornellas’ contributions are centered around his home base of Tracy, although some from the Lodi area have supported him monetarily.
Republican congressional candidate Ricky Gill and his father, Jasbir Gill, both of Lodi, each contributed $500 to Ornellas’ campaign.
Galgiani’s support is largely from various political action committees.
The primary for the Assembly and State Senate races is June 5, with the general election set for Nov. 6.
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