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Takano Running for Congress, Leads in Fundraising

Mark Takano

RIVERSIDE – Mark Takano, Democratic candidate for the newly created 41st Congressional District, announced that he raised over $160,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter, more than three times the total raised by his Republican opponent.

The strong haul propels Takano into the fundraising lead in the race for California’s 41st District. He now leads his only declared opponent, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione, in both total money raised and cash on hand. Takano outraised Tavaglione over the past three months by a margin of $107,149 ($160,523 to $53,374).

Takano’s total appears to be the largest amount raised over a single FEC fundraising quarter by a Riverside-area Democrat since his 1992 campaign for Congress. It is also marks one of the few times a Democrat has outraised a Republican in a Riverside-area congressional race over the course of an entire quarter.

Takano’s fundraising between July 1 and Sept. 30 outpaced at least 30 members of California’s congressional delegation, including Reps. Ken Calvert, Mary Bono Mack, Gary Miller and Jerry Lewis.

“Twenty years ago we came within a few hundred votes of making history in Riverside County when no one thought it was possible. This time around things are different. People believe we can win and I’m energized by the incredible support our campaign has gained in such a short window of time,” said Takano. “We are gaining momentum with each passing week and it’s clear our district is ready for change.”

A lifelong resident of Riverside, Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees in 1990 and won re-election to the board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. He is the longest-serving current board member and one of the longest-serving Democratic elected officials in Riverside County. As a trustee he has championed reform of secondary education, emphasizing early college high schools and more opportunities for career and technical education. Takano has worked as a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District for the past 23 years.

The newly created 41st Congressional District includes the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley. The district has a 7 percent voter registration advantage for Democrats. Barack Obama carried the district by a 20 percent margin in 2008 and Gov. Jerry Brown won the district by 12 percent in 2010.

On the Web: www.marktakano.com

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