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East Bay Assembly candidates raise big bucks

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 at 4:41 pm in 2008 June primary, California Legislature.

The eight state Assembly candidates in two sharply contested East Bay primaries raised nearly $625,000 between March 18 and May 17, the dates of the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

In the Republican Assembly District 15 primary, where four candidates are battling it out for the chance to go up against the Democratic nominee in November, retired entrepreneur Robert Rao of Livermore has proven he is a man of his word.

Rao said at the start of his race that he would write as many checks as necessary to run a competitive operation. To date, he has given or loaned his campaign $$479,069. He reported $82,683 in the bank as of May 17 and $136,670 in unpaid bills.

Among the other three challengers in order of fund-raising prowess in the last period:

Judy Biviano Lloyd, businessowner and Danville resident: $77,254 in contributions, $177,350 in the bank and $88,650 in unpaid bills. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $114,723)

Abram Wilson, mayor of San Ramon (no web site): $42,313 in contributions, $46,620 in the bank and $101,065 in debts. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $52,938)

Scott Kamena, optometrist from Livermore: $28,276 in contributions, $54,375 in the bank and $67,761 in debts. (Total contributions since January: $78,958)

The four Assembly District 14 Democratic candidates are furiously racing to next week’s finish line, too.

Unlike District 15, this race will be decided in the primary. It’s an overwhelming Democratic district and the winner will almost certainly take the seat in November against a nominal Republican.

Nancy Skinner, a member of the East Bay Regional Park District and a Berkeley resident, has outpaced her competitors in the last reporting period. She raised $139,258, reported $95,690 in the bank and $60,146 in unpaid bills.

Her total contributions since January other than loans were $242,027.

Among the other three candidates, in fund-raising total order for the last reporting period:

Phil Polakoff, Berkeley physician: Raised $86,763, loaned himself $50,000, reported $78,958 in the bank and $152,931 in debts. ((Total contributions since January other than loans: $104,920.)

Tony Thurmond, Richmond city councilman: Raised $85,644, had $82,774 in the bank and $39,016 in unpaid bills. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $124,388.)

Kriss Worthington, Berkeley city councilman: Raised $30,073, had $27,746 in the bank and $22,000 in debts. (Total contributions since January other than loans: $55,988)

To see the full financial statements, past and present, visit the Secretary of State’s campaign finance web site here and type in the candidate’s name in the search box. PDFs of the statements are available as well as downloadable Excel spreadsheets of the candidates’ contributions and expenses.

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  • RENEGADE GOP

    The AD 15 slug fest is coming to a finish. Of the four candidates financial statements it seems only Judy Lloyd can balance a campaign budget. As a matter of fact she is running a surplus. No matter what happens on election day she has demonstrated she can compete with the boys head to head.