SLO County’s city fundraising races take shape
October 11, 2016
San Luis Obispo businessman Aaron Gomez and SLO architect Andy Pease are the countywide leaders in fundraising among candidates for city office. Gomez and Pease lead a pack of six candidates who are vying for two open seats on the San Luis Obispo City Council.
As of Sept. 24, Gomez has raised $15,230 in total contributions, which include $2,200 in loans to himself and $2,580 in nonmonetary donations. Pease has raised a total of $13,602, which includes $2,000 in loans to herself.
In addition to being the fundraising leaders, Gomez and Pease are also the preferred candidates of County Supervisor Adam Hill, who has contributed to both of their campaigns.
Cal Poly philosophy student Christopher Lopez trails Gomez and Pease in the San Luis Obispo fundraising race. Lopez has raised $9,910, all of which has come from himself and Elfego Lopez.
Teacher Mila Vujovichl-La Barre, retired Army colonel Mike Clark and engineering supervisor Brett Strickland have raised $7,009, $5,823 and $1,894 respectively.
In San Luis Obispo’s mayoral race, three-term incumbent Jan Marx is facing a stiff challenge from activist Heidi Harmon. As of Sept. 24, Harmon raised $12,771 in total contributions, while Marx raised $12,409. Harmon has raised more money than Marx despite entering the race after the incumbent had already begun fundraising.
The Arroyo Grande council race features political allies Caren Ray and Kristen Barneich, who are the fundraising leaders. Ray is a former councilwoman and county supervisor. Barneich currently serves on the Arroyo Grande council.
Ray has raised $10,266 in total contributions. Barneich has received $9,628. None of the other three candidates in the race have exceeded $5,100, as of Sept. 24.
Arroyo Grande’s mayoral race pits incumbent Jim Hill against challenger Richard Waller. Hill has raised $5,880, while Waller has raised $3,759.
In the other South County races, only Pismo Beach Councilman Ed Waage has exceeded $5,000 in total contributions. Waage, who is currently running for mayor, has loaned himself $5,900 of the $9,112 he has raised.
In the North County council races, incumbents Steve Gregory of Paso Robles and Roberta Fonzi of Atascadero are the clear fundraising leaders. Gregory has raised $11,843, and Fonzi has raised $8,169.
Mayor Jamie Irons has raised the most money among Morro Bay candidates. Irons has received $7,545 in total contributions.
Breakdown by city:
Hill – $5,880
Waller – $3,759
including $2,000 loan
LeAnn Akins – $2,045
Kristen Barneich – $9,628
John Mack – declared he would raise and spend less than $2,000
Caren Ray – $10,266
Ken Sage – $5,100,
AnnKetcherside – plans to raise less than $2,000
Nick Mattson – $7,740
Tom O’Malley – $6,893
Charles Bourbeau – $2,827
Daniel Eister – plans to raise less than $2,000
Roberta Fonzi – $8,169
Bret Heinemann – plans to raise less than $2,000
Ron Arnoldsen – plans to raise less than $2,000
John Shoals – $2,317
Jeff Lee – $3,158
Debbie Peterson – $1,727
Terry Wingate – plans to raise less than $2,000
Jamie Irons – $7,545
Tina Metzger – $5,898
Betty Winholtz – $4,781
Laura Cogan – plans to raise less than $2,000
Red Davis – $4,226
Marlys McPherson – $5,304
Richard Sadowski – $623
Steve Gregory – $11,843
Kevin Kreowski – $1,094
Fred Strong – $4,755
Ed Waage – $9,112
Sandra Nielsen – $3,021
Brian Kreowski – $1,802
Kate Shurson – plans to raise less than $2,000
Erik Howell – $4,261
Marcia Guthrie – $2,222
Tom Burgher II – $1,733
San Luis Obispo
Heidi Harmon – $12,771
Jan Marx – $12,409
Michael Clark – $5,823
Aaron Gomez – $15,230
Christopher Lopez – $9,910
Andy Pease – $13,602
Brett Strickland – $1,894
Mila Vujovichl-La Barre – $7,009