As widely reported, the Big Kahuna in the initial City Council campaign money race (from campaign treasurer filings as of June 30) is novice mayoral candidate Steve Adler, who garnered $366,192 in contributions and had $289,896 in cash on hand. His major opponents, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Member Mike Martinez, were not so flush.
Cole raised $93,870 and held $79,674 as of June 30; Martinez raised $162,207 and held $122,725 (all figures rounded). Adler’s campaign team has trumpeted his fundraising (from more than 1,400 donors) as setting a new overall total record in citywide mayoral campaigns – and he did it in the just the first fundraising period. That’s not the whole story; he also lent his campaign $194,000, and has already spent $268,282 – a “burn rate” that dwarfs his opponents’ income and has campaign veterans wide-eyed. Adler’s campaign says the spending is necessary to run adequately against better-known incumbents.
By comparison, Cole has spent $6,763 and Martinez $54,251. Two other declared candidates – Todd Phelps and Randall Stephens – have raised and spent nominal amounts, and the sixth, Nicholas Lucier, reports he will not raise nor spend any money in his campaign.
A few more fundraising highlights from City Council district races, reflecting the early leaders as of June 30:
District 1: Of six candidates, Ora Houston raised $29,173 and DeWayne Lofton $11,215, but have similar amounts on hand, Lofton has $10,100 in loans.
District 2: In a two-candidate race (thus far), Delia Garza raised $15,275 and Edward Reyes $1,002.
District 3: In now a nine-candidate race (including just-filed Frank Guajardo), Susana Almanza raised $11,170 and Fred McGhee raised $1,405 and added $12,500 in loans; Shaun Ireland and Mario Cantu are in four figures.
District 4: Current money leaders (among 11 candidates) are Greg Casar ($40,057), Katrina Daniel and Laura Pressley roughly tied at $30,000 raised, and Marco Mancillas at $10,000.
District 5: Among five candidates, Ann Kitchen raised $42,068 and added $20,700 in loans, and also spent early ($22,786 cash-on-hand); her nearest competitor is Dan Buda, with $14,854 in contributions and loans ($12,123 COH).
District 6: Of four candidates, Jimmy Flannigan ($22,930), Pete Phillips Jr. ($20,466), and Jay Wiley ($22,605) had all raised similar amounts, but Wiley added $11,025 in loans and began campaigning much earlier, and has thus far outstripped the others in spending.
District 7: Among seven candidates, Jimmy Paver had $18,582 in contributions and $40,000 in loans ($40,535 COH); Jeb Boyt had raised $20,339 and had the same amount on hand; Ed English had $10,596 on hand ($3,245 contributions, $10,000 loans).
District 8: Of the five candidates, Becky Bray was the early cash leader with $58,270 COH (but $50,000 of that is in loans); Darrell Pierce had raised $36,618 ($2,500 in loans) and had $25,692 COH.
District 9: Of three candidates, incumbent Council Member Chris Riley raised $96,851 and held $64,744; CM Kathie Tovo raised $41,332 and retained $30,797 (some of that in outstanding loans).
District 10: Of eight candidates, Robert Thomas ($52,279), Mandy Dealey ($50,295) and Sheri Gallo ($45,158) led in contributions, with most of the others in the $10,000 range; but Thomas added a $100,000 loan.
For a News staff overview of all the campaigns, and more detail on the fundraising, see this week’s print edition, and follow the Chronicle's Election page.
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