FREMONT — While the Dutra family has put its money behind Sue Chan's bid for City Council, one of her top rivals, Trisha Tahmasbi, has received thousands from state legislator campaign funds, fundraising records show.
With two council seats up for grabs, Chan, Tahmasbi, Vinnie Bacon and incumbent Bob Wieckowski all have raised far more than the other six candidates in the race.
Through September, Chan had raised the most, $67,963.54, which includes $20,000 of her own money. Wieckowski had raised $51,504, Bacon had raised $40,283.90, including $15,000 of his own money and Tahmasbi had raised $32,951, including a $3,050 loan she made to her campaign.
The only other council candidate to file a campaign contribution report for the filing period from July 1 to Sept. 30 was Fazlur Khan. He received $264.99 in contributions and loaned his campaign an additional $7,300.
In the mayor's race, Mayor Bob Wasserman had raised $101,772.48, including a $5,500 of his own money, through September. Councilman Steve Cho raised $76,339.98 and former Mayor Gus Morrison raised $53,144.99, including $25,000 of his own money.
Wasserman raised about $70,000 during his 2004 mayoral campaign.
Campaign contributions, which are limited to $500 per person, go toward direct mailers, signs, and other expenses, such as maintaining a campaign office.
Chan received contributions from 141 people, a majority of whom live in Fremont. Her best-known
Former Assemblyman and real estate developer John Dutra contributed the maximum $500 to Chan's campaign, as did several members of his family, including his son Dominic. The family and its business interest contributed more than $5,000 to Chan's campaign, according to Chan's filing.
Tahmasbi, who is deputy chief of staff to Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, received 76 contributions, 32 of which were from Fremont residents or organizations. She received $5,250 from the campaign funds of 11 state legislators, including those of Torrico and former House Speaker Fabian Nunez.
Tahmasbi received maximum contributions from council members Anu Natarajan, Bill Harrison and Bob Wieckowski. She also received $500 each from Harrison's wife and Wieckowski's girlfriend, as well as $450 from Wieckowski's legal secretary.
Wasserman already had received many of the same Dutra family contributions earlier this year. During the past few months he accepted $500 donations from Paul Kozachenko, an attorney who represents several Fremont developers and developer Jack Balch.
For the second consecutive campaign filing period, most of Morrison's contributions came from Fremont retirees. One notable exception was Wieckowski, who donated $500 to Morrison, even though he has endorsed Wasserman.
Cho received 70 contributions from July through August, mostly from Fremont residents of Asian descent. His top contributors included Fred Kim, who is working on The Globe development.