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Early cash winners emerge in East Bay races

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 11:21 am in 2012 Assembly election, 2012 State Senate election, campaign finance.

The money race in East Bay state legislative contests reveals a handful of early leaders in the open seats, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.

Democrat and Oakley Mayor Jim Frazier, one of five declared candidates in the new open Assembly District 11 seat, substantially out-raised his opponents by threefold as of Dec. 31, 2011, the end of the last reporting period.

In Assembly District 18, the new western Alameda County seat, Alameda Councilman Rob Bonta and AC Transit board member Joel Young, both Democrats, reported similar numbers and outpaced the other two declared candidates.

In Assembly District 20, which includes Union City and San Leandro, Democrat and Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk has a large financial lead but largely due to a personal loan.

Savvy observers will rightly note that the filing period doesn’t open until Feb. 13 but the most successful candidates are often those who get an early start and  lock down contributions and endorsements.

Here’s a cash rundown for East Bay state legislative candidates:

Assembly District 11: New district in east Contra Costa County and large swath of  Solano County

  • Jim Frazier, Democrat and Oakley mayor: $109,709 in total contributions; $97,874 cash in the bank; and loans of $2,500.
  • Patricia Hernandez,  Democrat and chief negotiator at Union of American Dentists and Physicians, Rio Vista: $38,050 in total contributions; $30,349 cash in the bank; and no loans.
  • Gene Gantt, Democrat and retired fire chief, Benicia: $29,404 in total contributions; $28,510 cash in the bank; and no loans.
  • Len Augustine, independent and former Vacaville councilman: No filing.
  • Mike Hudson, Republican and Suisun City councilman: No filing.

Assembly District 14

  • Susan Bonilla, Democratic incumbent, Concord: $211,666 in total contributions; $40,735 in the bank; no loans.

Assembly District 15

  • Nancy Skinner, Democratic incumbent, Berkeley: $358,626 in total contributions; $400,066 in the bank; and no loans.

Assembly District 16

  • Joan Buchanan, Democratic incumbent, Alamo: $101,500 in total contributions; $7,188 in the bank; loans unpaid from 2008 campaign of $100,000.
  • David Haubert, Republican and Dublin Unified School District trustee: $46,624 in total contributions, $42,601 in the bank; no loans.

Assembly District 18 (New open seat in western Alameda County including Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro.)

  • Rob Bonta, Democrat and Alameda councilman: $161,883 in total contributions; $132,239 in the bank; and loans of $7,500.
  • Abel Guillen, Democratic and Peralta Community College District Trustee: $118,584 in total contributions; $107,040 in the bank; loans of $13,650.
  • Kathy Neal, Democrat and Alameda County Democratic Central Committee member: $47,029 in contributions; $30,946 in the bank; and loans of $4,750.
  • Joel Young, Democrat and AC Transit District board member: $154,078 in total contributions; $171,827 in the bank; and loans of $50,000.

Assembly District 20 (open)

  • Sarabjit Cheema, Democrat and New Haven Unified School District trustee: No filing.
  • Mark Green, independent and Union City councilman: No filing.
  • Jennifer Ong, Democrat and eye doctor, San Leandro: $126,892 in total contributions; $93,734 in the bank; loans of $48,100.
  • Bill Quirk, Democrat and Hayward councilman: $170,156 in total contributions; $134,717 in the bank; and personal loan of $96,000.

State Senate District 7

  • Mark DeSaulnier, Democratic incumbent, Concord: $269,760 in total contributions; $217,754 in the bank; no loans.

State Senate District 9

  • Loni Hancock, Democratic incumbent, Berkeley: $335,174 in total contributions; $272,377 in the bank; no loans.

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