47th Assembly District candidates talk abortion, inflation, more

In a race without an incumbent, after Assemblymember Chad Mayes decided against seeking re-election, two Democrats — Palm Springs Councilmember Christy Holstege and businesswoman Jamie Swain — and two Republicans — Mayes’ district director Greg Wallis and businessman Gary Michaels — will be running to represent Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley cities in the California Assembly this year. 

Assembly District 47, which was created through California’s redistricting process late last year, includes Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells, and extends into Yucaipa and Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County.

Mayes, who has represented much of the area since 2014, announced he would not seek re-election in Assembly District 47 in January, opening the door for a newcomer in the state Legislature.