Christy Gilbert Holstege
Born: 1986 in Sacramento, CA
2016-2017: Member, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission
2017-Present: Member, Palm Springs City Council
2020-2021: Mayor, City of Palm Springs
- CLOSE CONTEST: In the 2022 General Election, the AD-47 contest between Holstege and Greg Wallis was the closest in the history of the California State Assembly (in terms of percentage of votes separating the candidates). At the end of Election Night, Holstege led with more than 60% of the vote. The following day, it dropped to 55% and then to around 51% for the five days. After that, Holstege and Wallis exchanged the lead five more times before the legislature convened on December 5th. As of December 2nd, Wallis held a 34-vote lead, constituting 0.020% of the votes cast in that contest. At the start of the 2023-2024 legislative session, the State Assembly took the unprecedented step of not seating either candidate. After the election results were certified by the counties on December 8th (showing him with a final margin of 85 votes), Wallis declared victory.
- QUOTABLE: "If anybody ever tells you their vote doesn’t count, tell them about this Assembly race that was decided by just 85 votes. Our democracy depends on everyone participating and voting like their rights and their futures depend on it." [Twitter, @christyholstege, 11:02 AM · Dec 12, 2022)