Assemblywoman Norma Torres has an early fundraising lead in the race for an open state Senate seat, having collected more than $107,000 during the campaign's opening weeks.

Torres is among six candidates - four Democrats and two Republicans - competing to succeed Rep. Gloria Negrete-McLeod in the 32nd state Senatorial District.

Torres, a Democrat, was reelected to her Assembly seat in November. Her supporters include several other Democratic politicians and political action committees with ties to public safety workers as well as the housing and financial services industry.

San Bernardino County Treasurer/Tax Collector Larry Walker may be in second place. Walker's campaign said he has collected roughly $85,000 in the Jan. 1 to Jan. 26 filing period, but as of deadline those records had yet to be posted online by the California Secretary of State.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a Republican, raised nearly $56,000 during the filing period and in late contributions.

Among the other candidates, Rialto Unified School District board member Joanne Gilbert, a Democrat, raised roughly $1,400.

The fourth Democrat in the race, Ontario Councilman Paul Vincent Avila, said he did not raise enough money to file itemized reports.

The data for Republican candidate Kenny Coble, a Pomona planning commissioner, were not posted as of Thursday's deadline.

Summaries of candidates' financial reports covering the Jan. 1 to Jan. 26 filing period, as well as late contributions:

Paul Vincent Avila

Avila said he has filed papers reporting that he does not plan on raising or spending more than $1,000 in the campaign. Candidates who do not collect more than $1,000 in contributions do not have to report itemized contributions.






Kenny Coble

Information not available by deadline.








Joanne Gilbert

  • Cash contributions: $926

  • Loans received: $500

  • Total expenditures, including unpaid bills: $1,426

  • Cash on hand: $0

  • Major contributors: Westside Action Group, $926

  • Late contributions not included in above totals: N/A


    Paul Leon

  • Cash contributions: $46,819

  • Loans received: $3,900

  • Total expenditures, including unpaid bills: $65,485.51

  • Cash on hand: $17,537.54

  • Major contributors: Committee to Elect Gary C. Ovitt Supervisor, $4,100; Ronald Cunning, dentist: $4,100; Hagestad Enterprises, $4,100; Peter Rooney, Sares-Regis Investment Group, $4,100; Stiles Animal Removal, $4,100; J.C. Horizon Ltd.,$8,200; Reggie King, Young Homes, $8,200

  • Late contributions not included in above totals: $9,100; Burrtec Waste Industries, $1,000; Maclin Markets Inc., $4,100; Niagara Bottling LLC, $4,000


    Norma Torres

  • Cash contributions: $88,950

  • Loans received: $0

  • Total expenditures, including unpaid bills: $33,215.11

  • Cash on hand: $62,484.89

  • Major contributors: California Bankers Association PAC, $4,100; Fabian Nunez for Treasurer 2014, $4,100; California Correctional Peace Officers Association PAC, $1,000; California Defense Council PAC, $1,500; California Professional Firefighters PAC, $1,000

  • Late contributions not included in above totals: $18,400, including Prime Healthcare Services, $4,100; Executive Council of Home Owners PAC, $4,100; Viejas Tribal Government, $4,100


    Larry Walker

    Full data for the filing period not available by deadline. Walker's campaign reports having roughly $85,000 in contributions.

    Major contributors shown on campaign finance filings include: Hae J. Park, Bel Air Swap Meet, $4,100; Harry Crowell, Insco Insurance Services Inc., $2,000; Gloria Negrete-McLeod Senate 2010, $3,900; Lewis Investment Co., $1,000; California Steel Industries, $1,500



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