PALM SPRINGS — Joy Silver, the Democratic nominee challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Jeff Stone in the 28th state Senate District, has outpaced Stone in fundraising, according to the latest financial disclosure documents.

Financial disclosure records for the May 20 to June 30, show that Silver raised $70,688, compared to Stone’s receipts of $12,400 in the same period.  Silver shows $78,471.90 available for the campaign, while Stone currently has $46,332.93 on hand.

Silver’s financial wherewithal fails to rattle or faze Stone, a pharmacist, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2014. While  Silver is collecting financial donations, Stone is busy tending to the people’s business.

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Jeff Stone

“As he has since he was sworn into office in December of 2014, Sen. Stone has focused on being a Senator representing all of the people of the 28th Senate District,” Dave Gilliard, Stone’s campaign consultant told Uken Report. “Sen. Stone’s top priority has always been his constituents instead of raising money from donors.  He serves on five key committees in the Senate and was just recently selected to serve on a special conference committee to deal with the recent wildfires spreading across California. Sen. Stone will have the financial resources he needs to be re-elected.”

Since Jan. 1, Silver has raised nearly $100,000 more than her Republican opponent. With more financial capital on hand Silver’s campaign says now  that it “has a significant financial advantage over Stone” going into the final stretch of the general election.  The general election is three months away.

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Joy Silver

“Riverside County voters are tired of Sacramento politicians like Jeff Stone who promise reform, but end up just being part of the broken system in Sacramento that fails to deliver for inland California communities,” Silver said in a news release that touts are financial wealth.  “In Sacramento, I’ll put my business experience and outside perspective to work fighting to ensure the voices of ordinary people aren’t drowned out by special interests or ignored by the career politicians.  I’m excited our campaign is catching fire as we enter the general election.”

Financial means alone won’t carry either candidate. It takes stamina.

The sprawling 28th District, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Wildomar.