As the election season heats up, so do the campaign chests of those running for mayor of San Luis Obispo and the two seats on the City Council. The individual spending cap per donor per candidate is $200. All figures below cover the present year up to Sept. 30.
In the donor wars, it appears that mayoral candidates Paul Brown and Jan Marx have battled to a draw, at least at first glance.
Brown has brought in $16,621 and has spent $14,405.02. Marx gathered $16,227 and spent $14,700. However, according to documents filed with the city, there’s an independent committee that’s spent more than $6,299 in support of Paul Brown. The only individual listed on the document for the committee is Kristie Molina.
Cal Poly student Andrew C. Farrell’s campaign has $1,080 and has spent $558.51. Donald E. Hedrick has pledged to run a campaign that costs less than $1,000.
Candidates for City Council are also gathering their funds.
Councilman Andrew Carter brought in $10,290 and has spent $4,937.52. Carter has a wide spectrum of supporters, from outgoing Mayor Dave Romero on one side and the SLO Democratic Club on the other.
Andrea Miller brought in $2,458.25. Whatever happens, Miller is likely to win the barkeep vote: Quite a few taverns—Bull’s Tavern, Frog and Peach, McCarthy’s, and the Library—contributed $200 each to her campaign.
Kathy Smith brought in $7,105.14 and spent $6,073.60. Among her supporters are Kristine Judge, listed as a “Policy Advisor for Speaker Nancy Pelosi” and Hamish Marshall, developer of Garden Street Terraces, who will be seeking approval for his project from the next City Council. Dan Carpenter, Terry Mohan, and Arnold Ruiz are running campaigns that bring in less than $1,000.
Supporters of Measure H, the referendum that would stop the eventual extension of Prado Road to Broad Street, have a bit of a problem if their campaign statements are correct. According to campaign finance statements turned in to the city, the campaign has spent $9,733.65 but only received $400 in support.
The No on Measure H Campaign has taken in $13,124, but only spent $3,263.44. The No on Measure H Campaign is funded by a wide swath of the city’s establishment including donations from City Council members, retired city officials, architects, developers, and the deputy director of long range planning for the city of San Luis Obispo.