Wednesday, April 1, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Robb Davis leads council race for the biggest war chest

By
From page A1 | April 02, 2014 |

Learn more
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

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    Food Bank springs for year-round assistance

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Dismal snowpack gets one more measure

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Funding sought for slain vet student’s pets

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Woodland Library’s community room reopens

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Museum celebrates Easter with candy-filled eggs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Easter egg hunt set Sunday at Atria

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    AquaMonsters open summer registration

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Odd Fellows will host a big birthday bash

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Tamblyn presents a comedy concert

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Cancer fighters will gather Saturday for Relay For Life kickoff

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Poet laureate emerita celebrates at book-release party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    UCD gets grant to look at open access to published research

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    AARP’s free tax-prep services continue

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Round up at the registers for Davis schools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    ‘Sip and Shop’ kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Pain management lecture slated April 8

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    Seniors invited to join new social group

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

     
    Pence Gallery: See artists at work during Garden Tour

    By Natalie Nelson | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Forum

    Program sparks lots of questions

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Is Davis on the cusp of an evolutionary change?

    By Rich Rifkin | From Page: B4

    Will containers block cyclists’ path?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    We have no room for another cart

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    This is no way to run a city

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Get informed on organics program

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Bicycle bells are my birthday wish

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

    Shootings showed need for MRAP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Groom’s parents overwhelmed

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    .

    Sports

    Aggies get ready for Hawaii by rolling over St. Mary’s

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UC Davis represents well at Final Four in Indiana

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Descalso looks back at Aggie days, ahead to new Rockies gig

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devils drop softball game at CBS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    JV/frosh roundup: DHS younger girls soccer squad stomps Grant

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    UCD roundup: Nunez powers Aggies to softball win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Gibson’s heroics ensure a DHS split at Boras Classic

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    Spring is a busy time for honey and hives

    By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

    Bluesman and guitarist Buddy Guy comes to Davis

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Fiery bluesman brings guitar pyrotechnics to The Palms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics