As the race for Riverside County’s 3rd District supervisor seat winds down, current incumbent Chuck Washington holds a significant cash advantage over challenger Shellie Milne, a member of the Hemet City Council.

At the end of September, Washington had more than three times the cash available for the final five weeks of the campaign as Milne did, and it was growing. His $144,000 was nearly $100,000 more than her total.

And real estate developers continue to be major supporters of county supervisor candidates.

Since Oct. 1, Washington has reported receiving another $42,000 in contributions. The two largest were $20,000 from the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association’s Public Education Fund and $10,000 from the Committee to Elect Jeff Comerchero, a Temecula City Council member and president of the Rancon Group, a real estate development firm.

During the same period, Milne has reported receiving $26,000. The largest single donation was $5,000 from Gerald Chase, president of Hemet Enterprises. However, four other regional development companies supplied $4,500 each for a total of $18,000.