Don Bauder 7:49 p.m., May 22
Gonzalez fundraising tops $100K in less than a month
Labor leader amassing political war chest for state Assembly run
The campaign for local labor leader Lorena Gonzalez has hit the ground running in her bid to take over the 80th District California Assembly seat potentially being vacated by Ben Hueso, who himself is gunning for Juan Vargas’ former state Senate seat vacated when Vargas was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, filling the spot vacated by the newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
Gonzalez announced early yesterday morning that through the end of 2012, 26 days after she announced her candidacy, the campaign had raised over $126,000 from 311 total donors. Among her supporters, Gonzalez’ staff says, are both “Democratic and Republican elected officials.”
Hueso, Vargas, and Filner have all signed on as official endorsers of the campaign. The 80th won’t come up for re-election until the 2016 election cycle unless Hueso wins a special election to replace Vargas, considered to be a strong possibility due to the heavy Democratic slant of the 40th Senate District, which has a 46.6 percent to 23.9 registration advantage of Democrats to Republicans. If Hueso is defeated in the May special election, Gonzalez says she’ll run in 2016 when he is termed out.
An official list of donors to the campaign won’t be available until later this month, as disclosure forms have yet to be filed with the Secretary of State.