Karalee Hargrove with Ron Cohen and other Morongo Basin Candidates
at Campaign Headquaters Grand Opening
Democrat Karalee Hargrove of Twentynine Palms and Republican Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley are running for a seat being vacated by Brian Nestande, a Palm Desert Republican now running for Congress. The 42nd District straddles Riverside and San Bernardino counties, with Banning, Beaumont, San Jacinto and two-thirds of Hemet within its boundaries.
Republicans have the edge in the district’s voter registration, and Mayes has outraised Hargrove by more than $164,000. But Hargrove said running for office has been a great experience.
“I don’t have the money. But I’m not in Sacramento hanging out with lobbyists,” said Hargrove, a trustee for the Morongo Unified School District.
If elected, Hargrove said she could use her status as a member of the majority party to help the district. She said she would be an advocate for vocational education and universal pre-kindergarten and supports drip irrigation for agriculture to save water.
Mayes, chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, was unavailable for comment.
On his website, Mayes, a former Yucca Valley mayor who beat Republican Gary Jeandron for a place on the Nov. 4 ballot, supports local control of schools, reducing regulations and taxes to promote job growth and making government more efficient and transparent