Campaign cash starts flowing into CoCo seats

I picked up this morning the first batch of campaign finance reports for county and local races  and found some interesting numbers.

But first, I must complain, once again, about this stack of papers on my desk. Why do we still produce campaign finance reports on paper? Why aren’t they online and in electronic format? I know, I know, we’re in a budget crisis and there is no money for it. Sigh.

On to the numbers.

In the Contra Costa sheriff’s race, where incumbent Sheriff Warren Rupf is retiring this year, his endorsed candidate is well ahead in the money race. Concord Police Chief David Livingston raised $85,681 as of Dec. 31 while opponent, Sheriff’s Lt. and Antioch Councilman Brian Kalinowski, collected $20,076. Kalinowski has loaned $12,140 to his own campaign, while Livingston has given his campaign $3,000 in loans.

The two declared candidates for the seat held by Susan Bonilla, who is running for Assembly, are nearly even in their fundraising. Pleasant Hill Councilwoman Karen Mitchoff reported $9,399 in contributions while Contra Costa Sanitary District member Mike McGill has raised $9,030. McGill has loaned his campaign $2,700; Michoff has made no personal loans.

Incumbent Assessor Gus Kramer, a proven successful fundraiser, is easily outstripping his two declared opponents. Kramer reported $21,100 in contributions and no personal loans. Bob Brooks of Antioch raised $7,150 and has made no personal loans. John T. Nejedly, a member of the Contra Costa Community College board, reported zero contributions and no personal loans.

I’m waiting for several more reports in the other Contra Costa County supervisor race, held by incumbent John Gioia, and the race to replace retiring District Attorney Bob Kochly. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday but it is a postmark deadline, so reports are trickling into the clerk’s office mailbox. I’ll swing by again tomorrow morning.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen