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Campaign coffers heating up

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 6:06 pm in 2008 June primary, Contra Costa politics.

The latest campaign finance reports have been filed with state and county election officials and there’s plenty of cash flowing despite all the focus on the exciting presidential primary.

Here’s quick look at East Bay races:

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 11

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton has almost $1 million in the bank. That’s double the cash on hand of his only decleared rival, former Republican Assemblyman Dean Andal of Stockton.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 7

Joe Canciamilla, a former Democratic Assemblyman from Pittsburg, has $400,000 in the bank for his Senate campaign against Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, who reported $307,000.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY SUPERVISOR

Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover has substantially more election cash than his only declared rival, Erik Nunn. Campaign reports show Glover with a balance of $104,000 compared to $18,000 for Nunn.

Contra Costa Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho reported $84,000 in the bank. Her only declared rival, Assemblyman Guy Houston, R-San Ramon,had $156,000 on hand although a chunk of it included transfers from his state officeholder account.

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 15 — REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

Scott Kamena leads the Republican Assembly District 15 money race with $285,000 in the bank. The other candidates include: Robert Rao with $208,000; Judy Biviano Lloyd with $205,000; and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson with $130,000.

ASSEMBLY DISRICT 15 — DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

Joan Buchanan, a San Ramon Valley School Board trustee, has easily outpaced her Democratic challengers with a report of $125,000 on hand. The other candidates reported: Steve Filson, $38,000 and Steve Thomas, $237. (John Taylor did not file electronically and his report was not available online.)
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 14 — DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY (this is a heavily Democratic district, so there’s little competition in the Republican primary.)

Dr. Phillip Polakoff leads in the money with $75,000 in the bank, followed by Tony Thurmond with $56,000 and Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington with $49,000.

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