The top vote-getter in California’s 42nd Assembly District, DeniAntionette Mazingo, has received support from one of the largest women’s political action groups in the nation — EMILY’s List.

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DeniAntionette Mazingo

With 147 of 147 precincts reporting, Mazingo, a Democrat from Hemet, rose to the top of a crowded Republican field, garnering more votes than the Republican incumbent, Chad Mayes. Mazingo received 17,017 votes, or 38.70 percent of the votes cast in the June  5 primary. Mayes, garnered 14,274 votes, or 32.47 percent of the vote, according to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

The California Secretary of State website, which includes the portion of the 42nd Assembly District in San Bernardino County, shows the race a little closer. The true tally shows Mazingo received 22,066 total votes, for 35.2 percent while Mayes received 20,760 votes for 33.1 percent.

As Mazingo rides the wave to the November election, she has earned the support of EMILY’s List, which aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. It was founded by Ellen Malcolm in 1985. According to the Washington Examiner, Emily’s List is “the nation’s most influential pro-choice political action committee.”

The group’s name is an acronym for “Early Money Is Like Yeast.”

“It makes the dough rise,” Malcolm said.

The saying is a reference to a convention of political fundraising: that receiving lots of donations early in a race is helpful in attracting subsequent donors.

Mazingo Receives Backing of EMILY's ListEMILY’s List recruits, trains and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates at every level of the ballot. By helping to elect these women to office in 2018, they say they’re not only building a farm team, but they are also putting strong women in charge of decisions that affect women and families every day — from the legislators who write laws, the attorneys general who defend and enforce them, and the secretaries of state who ensure access to the ballot.

Seeking to put women into office who can make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights, and economic equality, we have systematically defined a strategic approach to winning elections that drive progressive change.

For more than 15 years, Manzingo, the biracial child of a French Jew father and an Ethiopian and Native American mother, worked as an attorney in the nation’s capital. She practiced family law, will and estate formation. Widowed, she has lived in Hemet since 2012.

The 59-year-old is running for state Assembly because she said Californians are neither being heard nor represented, specifically children, women and veterans, she said.

The 42nd District represents the San Gorgonio Pass, most of Hemet, San Jacinto, Calimesa, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Cabazon, Rancho Mirage and desert communities in San Bernardino County, including Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree. The 42nd District represents the San Gorgonio Pass, most of Hemet, San Jacinto, Calimesa, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Cabazon, Rancho Mirage and desert communities in San Bernardino County, including Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree.