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The Desert Sun Endorses Karalee Hargrove, 42nd Assembly Contest

The Desert Editorial Staff of the Desert Sun pointed out that candidate assembly Chad Mayes outspent Hargrove $77,763 to $9,580 in the primary.

“We expect he’ll win. But we still give a slight edge to Hargrove.”

In the 42nd Assembly District, the choice between Karalee Hargrove and Chad Mayes is a close call.

Mayes, a Republican, has more experience. He was elected to the Yucca Valley Town Council in 2002 and twice served as mayor. He is chief of staff for Janice Rutherford, chairwoman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Hargrove, a Democrat from Twentynine Palms, has served on the Morongo Unified School District board since 2012.

Both were cordial in their meeting with The Desert Sun editorial board. One of them will replace Assemblyman Brian Nestande, who is termed out and running for Congress.

Hargrove got the most votes in the primary, but that was likely because Republican Gary Jeandron captured 27.8 percent of the vote in a losing effort. Hargrove got 37.8 percent and Mayes got 34.4 percent.

Republicans hold a strong registration advantage in the district, which covers the middle part of Coachella Valley, Palm Springs and the high desert.

The Desert Sun leans toward Hargrove partly because she was more passionate in her remarks. For the rest of this story>LINK



6 Responses to The Desert Sun Endorses Karalee Hargrove, 42nd Assembly Contest

  1. Ed Montgomery
    Ed Montgomery August 27, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    That's all we need is another Democrat in Sacramento with their friend, Jerry Brown and liberal legislation that gives drivers license to illegal aliens, college money for illegal aliens, raised the state sales tax, I'm sorry I can't support another liberal Democrat!

    • Dan OBrien, KB6DAN
      Dan OBrien August 27, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      I'll take a Blue Dog against a Lying Dog any day, Ed. Sometimes you have to swallow your pride and vote for the individual and not the party.

      If you have a problem with voting for either just skip to the next contest.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter August 27, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Eddie, don't box yourself in.

    My hope after I vote for our local Karalee is that she doesn't become one of the tax-raising legislators that has never seen a tax increase they didn't like.

    Mayes will serve his party very effectively, not the people of the state. He'd do what it takes to climb the political ladder. He seems to me like a pansy and a burgeoning demigod who can't be trusted.

  3. Ed Montgomery
    Ed Montgomery August 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Dan, you're absolutely correct, I will be skipping the election for the 42nd assembly seat. I don't like either person, Chad Mayes with his special interests groups and Karalee Hargrove a liberal Democrat. I just will sit this one out. Most likely
    Chad Mayes will win, but we'll just have to wait and see.

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter August 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Mayes: a political hack and religious nut bag.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter August 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    My apologies: I should have said Mayes will be like a page boy in big politic. His voting record will be influenced by: his extreme fundamentalists religious views,the extreme wing of the Legislature, Big money and all the favors and junket provided by lobbyists.

    He's be "their boy" for the political agenda of lobbyists, thereby distancing himself from listening to or being the voice of the people in our district.


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