Alameda Vice Mayor Rob Bonta announced on Sunday, October 30, that in less than four months he has raised more than $100,000 for his run for the California Assembly slot being vacated by Andre Swanson.
Bonta set up his campaign committee in July. His campaign committee now says he topped the $100,000 mark without the need of loans or transfers from other committees. After hitting this fund-raising target — at events hosted in Alameda and elsewhere — the Bonta campaign announced he will set a new goal of reaching $150,000 by January 1.
“The toughest thing to do when running for office is asking for money,” Bonta said in a statement. “I am gratified that so many family, friends, colleagues and a broad range of other supporters have stepped up early. My hope is to raise what is necessary as soon as possible so that by next spring I can focus on talking to voters about the challenges we face in the East Bay regarding the economy, public schools and violence in our communities.”
Given a series of hot controversies on the Island over the past year or so — the latest of which include tree removal on Park Street and the proposed swap of land on Harbor Bay — it will be interesting to see how much support he can garner at the polls from his fellow Alamedans.