The race for the newly created 66th Assembly District is heating up, with all three candidates raking in donations.
Republicans Craig Huey and Nathan Mintz, as well as Democrat Al Muratsuchi, are seeking to represent the district, which includes the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Beach Cities and Torrance.
Of the three candidates, Muratsuchi—a prosecutor and member of the Torrance Board of Education—has the most cash on hand, with $171,132.76, according to data from the California Secretary of State. He is followed by Palos Verdes businessman Huey with $73,281.13 and aerospace engineer Mintz with $27,053.04 cash on hand.
During the filing period between Jan. 1 and March 22—including some late filings—Muratsuchi brought in $133,494 in total contributions, including a $45,000 loan to himself, and made $19,636.74 in expenditures, according to data from the California Secretary of State's Office.
Huey reported $130,720.62 in total contributions for the same period, including late filings, and $118,158.68 in total expenditures, including late filings. He also made a $100,000 loan to himself.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, Mintz received $34,889 in total contributions and made $52,215.86 in total expenditures from Jan. 1 to March 22.
The three candidates are competing to finish in the top two slots in California's June 5 primary. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will run in the Nov. 6 general election.