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Assembly campaign finances already surfacing

By rgordon
Friday, February 9th, 2007 at 6:02 pm in Uncategorized.

The primary is 16 months away (or perhaps 12, if state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has his way), but campaign finance filings for Assembly candidates Jerry Hill (left) and Richard Holober are already bubbling.
Hill Holober
With a Jan. 31 filing deadline passed, documents reveal, well, not a whole lot, save for different fundraising philosophies.

Besides receiving a $1,000 donation from former Sheriff Don Horsley in October, Hill has done nothing but transfer some $11,000 in leftover funds from last year’s re-election campaign for San Mateo County supervisor. Hill said it was much too early to glean any meaning from the numbers, as he said he hadn’t even officially announced his candidacy yet.

“To me, its necessary to do preliminary work first, which is talking to people, getting endorsements,” Hill said. “In the next six months, I guarantee there’ll be significant amounts of money raised.”

Meanwhile, however, Holober has taken a vastly different approach, funneling $168,000 of his own money into his campaign coffers. One hundred thousand of it is money Holober has loaned his campaign and will ostensibly be offset and paid back to him from future donations.
Holober said the money was largely from an inheritance.

“My mother raised me to make a difference in the world and that’s what I’m hoping to do in the state Legislature,” Holober said.

In total, Holober, who is a San Mateo County Community College District trustee and the executive director of the Consumer Federation of California, now has almost $175,000 in his campaign coffers.

But just three of his 16 donations are from people or organizations who are within Assembly District 19, which stretches from South San Francisco west to Half Moon Bay and south to Belmont. Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco, currently holds the seat but will be termed out next year.

By way of explanation, Holober said that his work thus far, particularly with the federation, has impacted people beyond the county.

“They seem willing to give me that support, which I’m appreciative of,” Holober said.

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One Response to “Assembly campaign finances already surfacing”

  1. The Insider Says:

    Though witty, the Insider admits that its parenthetical remark here about an earlier date of the primary is not entirely accurate. We do take feedback around here, and we thank the staffer from the office of state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, for pointing out the technicality.

    If Calderon gets his way, only the presidential primary election would be moved up to February 2008. Primaries for state legistlative offices would keep their June 2008 date. So, to Hill and Holober (and whomever else decides to join the fray): the 16-month countdown has begun.

    We’d also like to clarify our description of the 19th Assembly District. We take ours from the Statewide Database, which is operated by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. However, in the interest of space and readability, we don’t include every detail when referencing it in the Insider.

    “This district includes San Mateo County and cities San Mateo, South San Francisco, San Bruno, Pacifica, Daly City, Burlingame, Foster City,” the database states. “Once a tight wishbone between the Bay and the Pacific south of San Francisco, this much-altered district lost Daly City but added Half Moon Bay and an enormous — but sparsely populated — chunk of San Mateo County west of Hwy. 35 to the Santa Cruz County line.”

    Here is a very detailed map for those who want to see for themselves.

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