By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The two candidates in the race for Sonoma County district attorney raised a combined $577,000 in the run-up to the June election, surpassing a previous record set in their 2006 matchup by more than a third.
Two-term incumbent Stephan Passalacqua, who was defeated, raised $315,000 including a $75,000 personal loan.
Challenger Jill Ravitch collected $242,000, including a $45,000 self-loan, according to campaign finance statements released this week.
The fundraising eclipsed the previous mark of $420,000 set by Passalacqua and Ravitch four years ago. In that election, Ravitch announced her candidacy just three months before voters went to the polls. She lost by about 1,700 votes.
In last year’s race, she began fundraising about six months sooner. Ravitch won with about 55 percent of the vote.
Passalacqua was left with an outstanding debt of $276,000, which includes self-loans carried over from his previous campaigns and Ravitch has a debt of $45,000.