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The Desert Sun.com-The 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