FAIRFIELD — Incumbents lead the fundraising races for the June 3 Solano County Board of Supervisors elections.
Supervisor Jim Spering raised $32,997 for the 3rd District race for the Jan. 14 to March 17 reporting period, according to campaign financial reports filed with the county Registrar of Voters. That topped the amounts raised by his challengers, Fairfield City Councilwoman Pam Bertani, commercial real estate broker Michael Oman and Steven Lowe, owner of Salubrious medical marijuana dispensary.
Supervisor John Vasquez raised $41,189 for his 4th District race. That topped the amounts raised by his challengers, Dixon City Councilman Thom Bogue, farmer Gerald Clift and real estate agent Eugene Ray.
Although he raised $32,997 for the reporting period, Spering already had a balance in his campaign fund of $11,151. That allowed him to still have more than $32,000 on hand after spending $11,951.
Contributions included $1,000 from Jelly Belly; $400 from Jelly Belly Chairman Herman Rowland; $2,500 from Waste Connections, which owns Potrero Hills Landfill near Suisun City; $1,000 from Republic Services, which provides garbage collection in Fairfield-Suisun City; $300 from Sheriff Tom Ferrara; $400 from Vasquez; $1,000 from local McDonald’s owner C.C. Yin; $450 from Solano County District Attorney Donald du Bain; and $1,000 from Doyle Wiseman of The Wiseman Co.
Spering spent $9,188 on Muelrath Public Affairs of Santa Rosa, Spering’s financial report said.
Bertani raised $24,974 and spent $9,763. Contributions included $15,000 from the Services Employees International Union Local 1021 Political Action Committee. The union represents county employees. She received $150 from former Fairfield Mayor Karin MacMillan, $100 from Supervisor Skip Thomson, and $100 from Assemblywoman Marika Yamada. She spent $4,900 on Marla Harvey Consultant.
Oman raised $5,822 and spent $2,581. He loaned $2,397 to himself.
Lowe did not file an in-depth list because he raised less than $1,000.
In the 4th District race, Vasquez raised $41,189, with $8,416 coming in nonmonetary contributions. He spent $11,181. Contributions included $500 from Vacaville Mayor Steve Hardy; $1,000 from C.C. Yin; $1,099 from Republic Services; $2,500 from Waste Connections; $200 from Spering; $1,000 from Recology Vacaville Solano, which provides garbage collection in Vacaville; $250 from Rep. John Garamendi; $250 from Ferrara; and $250 from former Fairfield Mayor Gary Falati.
Bogue raised $5,336 and spent $2,017. He loaned himself $5,000.
Clift raised $2,260 and spent $948. Contributions included $1,000 from 3rd District candidate Lowe and $1,050 from Vacaville resident Paul Tu.
Ray did not file an in-depth list because he raised less than $1,000.
Candidates must next file financial reports on May 22.
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