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A campaign fundraiser was held Saturday for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly — his first in the High Desert as a prospective candidate for governor. The event at Rawhide Ranch in Apple Valley — the family home of the owners of Hitt Plumbing — was likely bigger than three previous fundraisers held in cities outside the local region, according to a member of Donnelly’s campaign staff.
“This is probably the biggest one we’ve had so far,” said staff member Kyle Gantzer by phone Thursday. An estimated 320 were in attendance, Gantzer said Saturday.
Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, has not formally declared a gubernatorial run, but he said Saturday that his primary platform would consist of lowering income taxes and protecting constitutional rights such as the Second Amendment, “liberating California from oppressive regulation.” On illegal immigration he said it was not an issue specifically key to his campaign, but instead one facing the entire nation.
“I want more legal immigration, but I want it to be controlled,” he said, stressing the need for related laws to strike a balance of mutual benefit.
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