By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The three winning candidates for Petaluma City Council were also the top fund-raisers during the November campaign, according to election financial reports released this week.
The reports cover Oct. 29 through Dec. 31, the final reporting period for the Nov. 2 election in which three council seats and the mayor’s position were up for grabs. The reports also include totals for the 2010 calendar year.
Incumbent Council members Teresa Barrett and Mike Harris raised the most money, along with newly elected Chris Albertson; Barrett topped all candidates at $19,300 for the calendar year.
Contributors gave both Albertson and Harris about $17,400 last year. Harris’ total doesn’t include nearly $10,000 in non-monetary contributions to his campaign, much of it from himself paying for campaign supplies.
Harris raised the most of all candidates, $3,500, during the final reporting period.
In the mayoral race, the business- and city employee-backed candidate Jeff Mayne raised $18,500; David Glass, who was a councilman and was elected mayor, raised $14,700, including a $2,000 loan to himself.
Both Glass and Mayne received one contribution each in the campaign’s final days. A lobbyist for the garbage company North Bay Corp. gave Glass the maximum contribution of $200. Mayne received $100 from Petaluma retiree Marilyn Bragdon.
Overall, Glass ended the campaign with a zero balance after repaying his loan, and Mayne ended about $8,000 in debt, much of it to his consultant firm, Delphi of Santa Rosa.
Harris, who entered the campaign with a healthy war chest from his prior elections, spent $49,400. He raised the most money during the final reporting period, a chunk of it from the construction industry, developers and property managers.
Barrett raised $350 in the final period, from two medical marijuana interests in Sebastopol, and spent $20,500 on her successful re-election bid.
Albertson, the former fire chief, received about $1,100 in the final period from contributors in construction and real estate.
Among losing candidates, neither Jason Davies, Karen Nau nor Gabe Kearney took in contributions in the final days. Davies spent about $7,000 overall, Kearney spent $3,200 and Nau spent $4,600.
Ray Johnson raised about $2,500 in the final period and spent about $25,000 total, of which 60 percent of it was from his own pocket.
Council candidate Wyatt Bunker did not file a final report. Three other candidates didn’t mount serious campaigns.