SAN RAMON -- On a positive note, longtime Councilman Dave Hudson has raised 60 percent more cash than his challengers vying for a council seat in November and has the support of a colleague. On the downside, two other colleagues opened their wallets to his challengers.
A total of four council candidates are competing at-large for Hudson's seat and a second seat that will be vacated by Councilman Jim Livingstone. According to campaign filings due last week, Hudson has raised $16,272 to defend his seat, including a $500 donation from the outgoing councilman.
Mayor Bill Clarkson, who is running for re-election unopposed, on the other hand gave council candidates Rene Matsumoto and Harry Sachs $100 each, while Councilman Scott Perkins and his wife donated a total of $200 to Clarkson, $350 to Sachs and $250 to Matsumoto.
Matsumoto, a longtime school volunteer and former city Street Smarts Program Leader who nabbed endorsements from Clarkson, Perkins and Councilman Phil O'Loane, came in second in total funds raised at $10,062. Sachs, a planning commissioner and Fremont middle school teacher endorsed by Congressman Eric Swallwell (D-Pleasanton), raised $8,553 and loaned himself $1,500.
No campaign contributions have been reported for council candidate and attorney Thomas von Thury, since he does not plan to collect or spend more than $1,000.
Clarkson raised nearly all of his $7,759 in donations in the first half of the year, all except a $2,000 donation from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee received Sept. 24. Hudson, a retired Realtor, also received a $2,000 donation from the special interest group in September, while newcomers Matsumoto and Sachs received $1,500 each.
Sunset Development, the builder and manager of Bishop Ranch business park with plans to build a City Center, contributed $250 each to candidates Hudson, Sachs and Matsumoto.
Each candidate voluntarily agreed to limit their total campaign donations this year to $1 per voter, or $36,024, but with the election less than five weeks away, it would take some serious financial rallying for anyone to come close.
Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Ramon and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.