Of the five Democrats vying for the 4th Assembly District seat, it’s Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza who has an edge in fundraising, according to the first financial data released Thursday.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s website listed nearly 300 donors who contributed a total of $118,161 to Krovoza, who hopes to win the seat now held by Mariko Yamada, a Davis Democrat who terms out next year.
But Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope, Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd and Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington are also in the running to represent the six counties that make up the 4th District.
Each was required to track monetary contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 to June 30, which were detailed in Thursday’s report.
During that period, Krovoza received five separate donations of $4,100, the maximum allowed for Assembly candidates from individuals or business entities. Two came from Krovoza’s immediate family, another two were from his wife’s family and the other came from Bill Imada, the best man at his wedding.
“Once I announced my candidacy, we talked to people about supporting me, and I began with people that I knew well,” Krovoza said. “My friends and family really came through. They were delighted to help.”
In some cases, he added, it was college friends to whom he hadn’t spoken in more than 20 years, but were still willing to donate.
“It’s really heartening that people were so generous, and understood my willingness to take my public service to the next level,” Krovoza said. “I look forward to continuing to reach out.”
Though it wasn’t part of an overall strategy, Krovoza said, there are more than 40 UC Davis-affiliated individuals listed as donors. Krovoza works at the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center, and he said he’s appreciative of his colleagues’ support.
After factoring in $13,925 in expenditures (at least 40 percent of which went to campaign workers’ salaries), and some last-minute contributions, Krovoza has $108,827 in cash on hand. He said the funds will be significant in “allowing him to better spread my message of good governance and good policy.”
Krovoza’s cash balance is almost $60,000 more than that of Wolk’s, the other Davis politician in the race. The Davis mayor pro tem raised $49,856.
“Dan launched his campaign for Assembly on June 15 and, in the following two weeks, he raised an impressive $50,000,” said Will Arnold, Wolk’s campaign manager.
“We have been amazed by the level of support the campaign has received thus far, evidenced both by the funds Dan was able to raise in such a short time, and by his growing list of campaign endorsers from throughout the district. This is exactly the start we hoped for.”
Wolk’s fundraising effort was bolstered by a $4,100 donation from his father, Bruce Wolk. The same amount came from a campaign account for his mother, state Sen. Lois Wolk, left over from her 2012 run for office.
State Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, also gave the maximum amount; another Senate colleague, Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, donated $2,000.
Among the local contributors to Wolk’s campaign were Pam Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations as well as Coldwell Banker-Doug Arnold Real Estate and Davis Commercial Properties.
Almost half of Wolk’s $14,429 in expenditures went toward paying for various fundraising events. Because the accrued expenses are calculated as outstanding debts, Wolk’s balance stands at $48,990.
The tally for Wolk amounted to 60 percent more than the $20,293 raised by Pope, one of the two Napa County candidates. One of the Pope’s largest donations was from the campaign account of Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, for whom Pope worked as a district representative.
His total was supplemented by donations from Assemblyman Michael Allen; Janlee Wong, director of the National Association of Social Workers and Yamada’s husband; and a host of Napa County businesses.
Pope spent a total of $6,427, leaving a balance of $13,865. Approximately $4,000 of the expenditures went to campaign consulting.
As of Thursday, Dodd — Napa County’s other hopeful — did not have his preliminary campaign fundraising totals posted online. Because he didn’t file his candidacy papers until July 17, he does not have to report during this period, the Secretary of State’s Office said.
But Dodd reportedly has $75,000 remaining from his campaign last year in which he ran unopposed.
Farrington’s fundraising data also was unavailable online, as he did not file his forms electronically. However, he told The Enterprise in a phone interview Thursday that he has raised $18,125.
Farrington reiterated that he is refusing to accept money from special interests. Much of his initial finances are personal funds, and he plans to reach out only to individuals and local business for more contributions. It’s what he plans to spend that money on, too, that he believes distinguishes him.
“I’m not paying for any consultants to present a platform that they think the voters want,” he said. “I’m sharing with the voters my vision, and they can decide if they share it. That puts me in stark contrast to some of my contenders.”
The next financial reporting deadline is Oct. 31.
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