District 4 Supes Race Most Expensive, Parker Leads in Spending
May 25, 2012
County supervisor seats don't come cheap. As of May 18, Supervisor Jane Parker led all eight candidates in spending, having put down almost $333,000. Her challenger, Byrl Smith, wasn't far behind, having spent more than $293,000.
Their race, though the only two-way contest, racked up the highest dollar figure to date, with more than $710,000 raised for the campaign in District 4, which covers Marina, Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, and part of Salinas.
In District 5, which stretches from P.G. to Big Sur and includes Carmel Valley and the Highway 68 corridor, Supervisor Dave Potter led the way in fundraising, with over $140,000. Challenger Marc Del Piero raised more than $111,000, and Pacific Grove Mayor Carmelita Garcia's fundraising slowed down after the early days of her campaign, totaling about $55,000.
Del Piero and Parker each claimed $45,000 from the North Salinas Valley Fund for Responsible Growth, making the Rancho San Juan opposition group the largest single donor to the supervisors races to date.
Next up is the Monterey County Business PAC, which gave $45,000 to Smith, and smaller gifts of $2,500 each to Dave Potter and Supervisor Fernando Armenta, who leads the way in spending in District 1.
Armenta raised almost $91,000 toward this campaign and has spent more than $138,000, dipping into his well-financed war chest. Salinas City Councilman Tony Barrera trailed, having raised about $8,500.
Their other opponent, Salinas City Councilman Sergio Sanchez, did not submit his updated forms by close of business on Friday, an offense subject to a $10 late penalty each day. As of March, the most recent filing period prior, Sanchez had raised $23,000.