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Robb Davis leads council race for the biggest war chest

By From page A1 | April 02, 2014

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What: City Council candidates debate, sponsored by the Davis Chamber of Commerce PAC
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. today
Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

The results of early financial reports for City Council candidates show how the five competitors for two council seats are shaping up, and Robb Davis is taking an early lead in the money race.

Candidate filings due on March 24 — along with updates made available Tuesday — show bicycle advocate Davis in an early lead, supported by neighbors in the Dos Pinos limited-equity housing cooperative where he lives and others in the social justice, peace and affordable housing realms. Mayor Joe Krovoza and City Councilman Lucas Frerichs also donated to Davis’ campaign.

He has raised a total of $12,258. Of that figure, $5,010 was raised in this reporting period — Jan. 1 through March 17 — which was added to his prior total of $7,248. The campaign has spent $5,654 and has $6,603 in cash on hand.

Judging by the last two City Council race cycles, successful candidates typically raise between $19,000 and $28,000, despite the city’s maximum individual donation limit of $100 per person.

Davis school board member Sheila Allen is next in the early fundraising race, receiving $7,884 in a combination of cash donations and $2,000 in loans in the recent filing period. Her campaign spent $3,453 and ended up with $4,430 in cash on hand.

So, where did the money come from? Allen’s financial supporters included many people connected to the school system, Frerichs, City Councilman Dan Wolk, fellow school board members Susan Lovenburg and Gina Daleiden, Yolo County Supervisors Don Saylor and Jim Provenza, state Sen. Lois Wolk, Yolo County Public Guardian/Administrator Cass Sylvia, former Assemblywoman Helen Thomson and former Davis Mayor Ann Evans.

Incumbent City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson follows Allen, with $7,185 in donations for this reporting period, $4,968 in expenditures and $2,265 in cash on hand on March 17.

Her financial supporters include a who’s who of the local business community, including former Chamber of Commerce board chairs Chuck Roe, a downtown developer; J.D. Denton of Fleet Feet Davis; Steve Greenfield of Cunningham Engineering; Rose Cholewinski of SwimAmerica; Cary Arnold of Coldwell Banker-Doug Arnold Real Estate; Manny Carbahal of Carbahal & Co.; and Dennis Lindsay of Nugget Markets.

Swanson also enjoys support from several Davis retailers, including Doby Fleeman, Jennifer Anderson and family — who own and operate the Davis Ace Hardware — Patti and Ralph Sparks of Davis Home Trends and Reed Youmans of Hallmark Inn.

Swanson amassed considerable political support as well, from County Supervisor and former City Councilman Don Saylor, Davis school board member Gina Daleiden, state Sen. Lois Wolk, County Public Guardian/Administrator Cass Sylvia, Councilman Lucas Frerichs and Yolo Superior Court Judge Tim Fall.

Not far behind Swanson is local solar entrepreneur Daniel Parrella, who gathered $825 in donations this filing period, but began the period with $4,109. With a total expenditure of only $434, the Parrella campaign ended the filing period with $4,615 in cash on hand. His financial support came most notably from UC Davis professors, a teacher and a UCD staff member.

Last, and in debt, is candidate John Munn, a former school board member and a trusted conservative voice in town. Munn ended the filing period with $4,779 in outstanding debts, but managed to have $1,493 in cash on hand. He collected $1,290 in donations this period with a $1,040 loan, and spent $4,576.

Munn’s notable financial support comes from Nancy and Don Price, fellow plaintiffs in a water rate lawsuit against the city, and David Murphy, who was superintendent of schools when Munn was on the school board.

While early financial support can sometimes indicate the health of a campaign, how the candidates’ opinions resonate with voters and local interests undoubtedly will play a role in whether they’re elected. The candidates will face the public for the first time at a debate at 6:30 p.m. today hosted by the Davis Chamber of Commerce PAC, in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

The PAC was created in 1997, according to a statement from the Chamber, to support or oppose local measures deemed helpful or harmful to the local economy. Over time, local candidates were added to the bylaws of the PAC and in 2012, the PAC supported candidates it saw as the best choice for economic sustainability, including Frerichs and Wolk.

To see the candidates’ complete campaign finance statements, visit The Enterprise’s website:

Sheila Allen: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=440637
Robb Davis: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=440638
John Munn: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=440597
Daniel Parrella: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=440639
Rochelle Swanson: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=440634

— Reach Dave Ryan at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews

Dave Ryan

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