Campaign money is flowing to and from the candidates in the San Luis Obispo City Council race, the highest spenders being incumbents Councilman Dan Carpenter, Mayor Jan Marx, and Councilman John Ashbaugh, respectively.
According to the latest campaign finance statements—good up to Oct. 1—Marx led the mayoral candidates in both contributions and spending, receiving a total of $14,866, including a $3,000 loan to herself. She spent $10,102. Marx received contributions from some notable names in the political and educational arenas, including county supervisors Jim Patterson and Adam Hill, Councilman Ashbaugh, former mayor Allen Settle, the SLO Democratic Club, and former Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Dean Linda Halisky.
Mayoral candidate Steve Barasch reported taking in $7,750, including a $3,000 loan, and spent $6,778. Supporters include rancher Ernie Dalidio, as well as financial planner and frequent Tea Party candidate Matt Kokkonen.
Community activist and mayoral contender Don Hedrick reported no contributions or expenses in the same period.
The race for the two remaining council seats has its share of money exchanging hands also, as well as some potentially telling people doling it out. As previously mentioned, Carpenter led the pack with $22,161 in contributions, and spent $12,962 of that sum, leaving him with $9,198 cash on hand, loan-free, as of Oct. 1.
Carpenter’s support comes from a diverse swath of the community, including donations from Supervisor Hill, Councilwoman Kathy Smith, mayoral candidate Barasch, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), rancher Dalidio, SLO developer Tom Copeland, planning consultant Carol Florence, and former mayor Dave Romero.
Incumbent Ashbaugh reported raising $14,909—including a roughly $6,400 loan—and spending $9,144. Ashbaugh also received support from Marx, the SLO Democratic Club, and Supervisor Hill, as well as attorney John Carsel, and Bob Mulvaney, chief investigator for the county public defender’s office.
Aranguena collected a total of $6,818 and spent a reported $5,234, with donors including the SLO Democratic Club, SLO Grassroots Democracy, Hill, and political consulting firm Public Policy Solutions.
Through Oct. 1, Rice gathered $3,700 in contributions, including a $3,000 loan. Of that, he spent $2,373, according to statements, and received support from incoming county supervisor Debbie Arnold and Paso Robles activist Karen Reed.
As of press time, candidate Matt Strzepeck hadn’t reported any contributions or expenditures.
Candidates are allowed to accept up to $200 per donor. Council members Andrew Carter and Smith are not up for reelection this cycle.
A final pre-election round of statements is expected to be released in the coming days; the Fair Political Practices Commission deadline to file the list of campaign donations and expenditures is Oct. 25.