PIEDMONT -- Campaign disclosure statements filed for the period Oct. 1 through Dec. 21 reveal that City Council candidate Teddy Gray King amassed the largest war chest.
King raised $14,181, which included a loan to herself of $4,397. She spent $2,628 so far on her campaign for voter data, fundraising letter design and printing walkcards.
Three candidates -- King, Tim Rood and Jeff Wieler -- are running for three open seats on the City Council, those of Mayor John Chiang and Garrett Keating, who are termed out, and Wieler's. Wieler may seek another term because there was a lapse between the first and second terms he served.
That election is uncontested, but the three candidates began raising funds before they were aware of that fact. Their names will appear on the Feb. 4 ballot.
According to City Clerk John Tulloch, the remaining campaign funds in the uncontested election by law may be used in several different ways.
"The tradition in Piedmont is most candidates close up their committees after they get elected. It is possible to keep your committee open for a subsequent election," he said. "Candidates can also return some funds (to donors), donate to charity or use funds to support another candidate outside Piedmont."
King said because she is a first time candidate, "I need to get out there and get my message across."
She plans to use the remaining money to pay back the loan she made to her campaign, for newspaper advertisements and other campaign-related expenses, she said, adding, "It's how you respect the voter."
Most of King's donors contributed $100 each to her campaign. Larger donors included
Realtor Debbie DiMaggio, $250; lawyer Cedric Chao, $250; Kenneth Gray, $500; and lawyer Frederic Fox, $1,000. Her treasurer was Mary Geong.
Wieler raised $2,583, of which $420 was a loan to his campaign. His total expenditures were $213, which were not detailed in his report. Donors included Andrew Greatex, $250. His treasurer was Mayor John Chiang.
Rood's treasurer was former Mayor Al Peters. Rood reported $1,648 in campaign contributions, of which $818 was spent on campaign expenses including web design. Contributors include attorney Kathleen Quenneville, $250; James Semitekol, $200; and Thomas Vinson, $150.
Three school board candidates -- Amal Smith, Hari Titan and Doug Ireland -- are running for two open seats being vacated by Ray Gadbois and Roy Tolles, who are termed out.
Former school board member Cathie Geddeis is Smith's treasurer. Smith raised $4,615 for her campaign with $79 in expenses. She did not detail any campaign expenses.
Donors included Eileen Ruby, $500; AnnMarie LaMarche, $250; and university executive Peter Taylor, $250.
Titan raised $1,211 for his campaign, which included $254 payment for campaign literature. He contributed $1,100 to his own campaign; CEO Christopher McDonald donated $100. Titan was treasurer of his campaign.
Ireland raised $1,915 for his campaign, spending $251 for posters. and campaign related expenses His treasurer is Mary Jane Dodds. Attorney Peter Smith donated $250.