SALINAS – With less than a month to go for the start of the postal ballot and less than two months to the Nov. 3 election, the District 4 Supervisors’ Race is approaching $ 1 million in combined campaign fundraising, close to double what was collected in the 2016 race.
Together, candidates Wendy Root Askew and Steve McShane have raised around $ 943,549 for their campaign war treasures, according to the latest campaign finance reports. District 4 stretches from Del Rey Oaks in the southwest, to Marina and east to include part of Salinas.
Askew, longtime assistant to outgoing supervisor Jane Parker and board member of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, and McShane, Salinas city councilor and owner of McShane’s Landscape, head for a run-off in the election general of 3 November after having finished first and second, respectively in the primary of March.
Askew beat McShane in the primary by a margin of more than 10%, garnering 8,710 votes, or about 45.6% of the 19,122 votes cast, compared to 6,688 votes for McShane, or about 35%.
The other candidates Wini Chambliss and Alex Miller shared just over 3,700 additional votes for nearly 20% of the vote and did not qualify for the general election.
Meanwhile, McShane maintains a clear advantage in fundraising so far, amassing more than double Asew’s loot. Since last year, McShane has made around $ 633,900 while Askew has raised around $ 309,648.
The combined fundraising figure overshadows the 2016 District 4 Headquarters contest that pitted Parker against former Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue, who topped $ 500,000 in combined fundraising and was considered a shocking amount. at the time.
Both candidates spoke proudly of their contributions to the campaign and what they said it meant to support them.
McShane said he was proud of the more than 2,000 donations reported by his campaign, noting that much of the donation took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Supporters have strongly signaled that a small business member is needed on the county supervisory board to address economic recovery,” he said. “I announced a bold pledge to reduce homelessness by 50% by 2024 and that also motivated grassroots support. COVID-19 is our biggest challenge and I’m ready to make sure people are safe and economic recovery is paramount. “
Askew said she remained focused on her work with the county to “tackle the health, safety and economic impacts of the pandemic and the fires,” but also said she was satisfied with the level. support from contributors.
“I am especially proud to have the support of so many hardworking voters whose donations show they appreciate my honest and responsible leadership,” she said, noting that she had just received SEIU 521 approval. , which represents the largest share of county employees.
McShane’s campaign account has benefited from its agricultural industry and development of the Salinas Valley and other business connections.
Major contributors this year include James Bristol, Managing Director of PG Bottle Shop, which contributed $ 25,000, as well as $ 10,000 in donations from the Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Political Action Committee, the Western Electrical Contractors Association and by Century Communities. Tanimura and Antle contributed $ 7,500 (including $ 2,500 in food for a campaign event), as did WCP Developers Inc.
Notable contributors include Donohue, District 2 Supervisor John Phillips, former District 4 Supervisor Candidate Alex Miller (who supported McShane), Salinas City Council Candidate Mars Rocamora, Granite Rock Chief Financial Officer Steve Snodgrass, the Monterey County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Monterey County Medical Society, Don Chapin, Nader Agha and David Drew, among others.
Askew’s campaign has many small backers, including several who split their donations into several smaller dollar amounts.
Major contributors this year include her boss, Supervisor Parker, who contributed $ 14,500, including a $ 10,000 loan, Constance Murray ($ 7,500), Julia Foster-Bates ($ 5,000), The Democratic Women of Monterey County ($ 5,000) and SEIU Local 2015 ($ 3,000), among others.
Other notable contributors include State Senator Bill Monning, Parker Chief of Staff Kristi Markey, District 5 Supervisory Assistant Yuri Anderson, City Councilors Marina Gail Morton and Lisa Berkley, Council Members Marina Coast Water District Administration Tom Moore and Jan Shriner, County Planning Commissioner and former Kate Daniels, District 5 Supervisory Chief of Staff, George Riley, District Administration Board Member Monterey Peninsula Water Management Officer, Brenda Lewis, former water board member, and Amy Anderson, water board candidate, and Ed Mitchell, former District 2 oversight candidate, among others.
Higher Level Of Care cannabis dispensary owner Sal Palma hedged his bets by donating $ 1,000 each to both campaigns.
McShane said the combined fundraising total indicates great interest in the District 4 election.
“We have been campaigning for over 20 months and I think the thousands of individual donations over the two campaigns signal strong support for the leadership needed at the county level,” he said. “I have spoken to hundreds of constituents who are safe at home, worried about their financial future, increasing homelessness and distance education for their children. I think we’re going to see more engagement in this election over the next 60 days than we’ve seen in a decade. “