Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wolk fundraising picks up; Dodd lapping field

From page A1 | April 02, 2014 |

Money keeps flowing to wine country legislative candidate Bill Dodd — and he’s storing plenty in the cellar.

The Napa County supervisor raised $58,227 between Jan. 1 and March 17 in his quest to win the 4th District Assembly seat. He ended the reporting period with $527,942 on hand.

Dodd, D-Napa, is facing four Yolo County candidates: two Davis Democrats, Mayor Joe Krovoza and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, and two Republicans, Dustin Call of Davis, a legislative aide and UC Davis student, and Charlie Schaupp, an Esparto farmer and retired U.S. Marine Corps reservist.

The top two vote-getters in the June 3 primary will advance to November’s general election and the chance to replace termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Wolk picked up fundraising momentum over the reporting period. He hauled in the largest amount, $69,575, but sits third in cash on hand with $83,651.

Krovoza collected $24,575. He has $143,893 banked.

Call and Schaupp joined the race recently and have a steep hill to climb. The Secretary of State’s website shows no electronic filing by Call, while Schaupp lent his campaign $10,787.

Dodd, a former Republican, has been able to attract large donations from the wine industry, Bay Area and Silicon Valley, as well as a small number of deep-pocketed public-pension reform activists.

Donors can contribute up to $4,100 for the primary and $4,100 for the general election.

So far this year, Dodd has received a maximum donation from John Scully, the founder of Mill Valley investment firm SPO Partners, and $4,350 from Terrance McGrath, a real estate developer from Emeryville.

The following have given the campaign $4,100 each:

* Anthem Blue Cross;

* Personal Insurance Federation of California;

* Gerard Alexander, a University of Virginia professor of politics;

* Tim Herman of Napa, the retired founder of a company that later became ATMI Delatech, which makes pollution control equipment for the semiconductor industry;

* Vineyard owners Michael and Alexandra Marston;

* Vineyard manager Brian Shepard of Napa;

* Napa Redevelopment Partners, which is behind the proposal to build a mixed-use neighborhood on the brownfield site of the Napa Pipe factory — a project Dodd has backed as a county board member.

Wolk’s largest donation of the new year came in the form of $8,200 from Service Employees International Union Local 1021. Political Action for Classified Employees of California School Employees has given $4,500.

The California Nurses Association gave $1,000 for a total of $2,000 contributed to the campaign, so far, and $2,500 came from drugstore chain Walgreen Co., which has a distribution center in Woodland.

Wolk also received a boost from a number of donors in the construction industry, led by A. Teichert & Son of Sacramento, which gave $1,500 to bring its total to $2,500.

Others giving $1,500 apiece were:

* Ashley Feeney of Orangevale and Kevin Carson of Granite Bay, the vice president and president of The New Home Company, builder of The Cannery development in Davis, which Wolk supported and Krovoza opposed;

* Creative Design Interiors of Sacramento;

* Kenyon Plastering of California, a North Highlands company;

* Sierra WES Wall Systems Inc., a drywall and insulation firm in Loomis;

* Hanson Truss Components of Olivehurst;

* Heritage Interests of North Highlands, which is in the door, window and finished carpentry businesses; and

* Civil engineering firm Carlson, Barbee and Gibson, Inc.

For Krovoza, Michael Vorhaus of Los Angeles donated $1,000 to bring his total donated to the campaign to $5,100. He works for marketing consultant Frank Magid Associates.

Other top donors for the period were retired public utilities attorney Bill Julian of Davis, who gave $4,038, and investor Benjamin Abram of San Francisco, who contributed $4,100.

Krovoza received $2,500 each from the District Council of Iron Workers and Bradley Baker, CEO of Codding Enterprises, an investment holding company behind commercial construction, alternative energy projects and the development of sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods.

Laborers Local 185 and solar company SunRun of San Francisco gave $2,000 each.

District 4 includes all of Napa and Lake counties; three-quarters of Yolo County, including Davis, Winters and Woodland; about half of Colusa County; and smaller portions of Solano County, including Dixon, and Sonoma County.

A fourth Democrat, Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope, whom Yamada endorsed, earlier dropped out of the race.

For her part, Yamada is eying the Senate seat occupied by Wolk’s mother, Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who will be termed-out in 2016. Yamada has tucked away $35,378 for a future campaign.


— Reach Cory Golden at or 530-747-8046. Follow him on Twitter at @cory_golden



Cory Golden

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The Enterprise's higher-education and congressional reporter.
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