By DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The two Santa Rosa-based candidates who are seeking to replace retiring Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown have opened up sizeable fundraising leads over their opponents, according to new disclosures filed Thursday.
The campaign finance reports reveal a geographic split between the candidates for the 1st District supervisorial seat, which takes in Sonoma Valley, the city of Sonoma and parts of eastern Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa councilman John Sawyer has raked in $52,242 since Jan. 1, making him the fundraising leader to date. That amount does not include nearly $10,000 in non-monetary contributions made to Sawyer’s campaign during that period, records show.
Sawyer spent $21,528, leaving him with a balance of $31,563, records show.
Santa Rosa councilwoman Susan Gorin reported having $34,381 on hand.
She raised $34,957 since Jan. 1, excluding $4,154 in non-monetary contributions, records show. Previously, Gorin loaned her campaign $10,000. She reported that she has spent $19,876 since Jan. 1.
“We’re excited about our fundraising,” Gorin said Thursday. “The campaign has really received a broad base of support.”
The money raised by Gorin and Sawyer dwarfs the amounts taken in by their rivals based in Sonoma Valley.
Of those, Gina Cuclis, a Boyes Hot Springs communications consultant, collected the most with $18,659, plus an additional $3,632 in non-monetary contributions.
Cuclis reported having $15,424 on hand at the start of the year. Minus expenses, she currently has $19,893, records show.
Sonoma Valley energy consultant Mark Bramfitt, who earned Brown’s endorsement, took in $4,600 since Jan. 1, records show. That was added to $18,577 that Bramfitt had on hand prior to this reporting period.
Minus expenses of $9,193, Bramfitt reported having a current cash balance of $13,983.
Reports for Sonoma Mayor Joanne Sanders and Michael McClure, a Glen Ellen special education teacher, were not available on Thursday. Candidates could mail them to county election officials so long as the package was post-marked by Thursday.
The reports available on Thursday also revealed a clear geographic split in terms of campaign donors.
Nearly all of the donors to the campaigns of Cuclis and Bramfitt live in Sonoma Valley. By contrast, the bulk of donations to Gorin and Sawyer were from people living in Santa Rosa.
Sawyer also received the largest individual donations of any of the candidates: $2,650 each from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee, the Sonoma County Alliance and from Joseph Dutton, owner of Dutton Ranch Corp. in Sebastopol.
In the 5th District supervisor’s race, Sonoma County supervisor Efren Carrillo maintained his comfortable fundraising lead in his bid for re-election.
Carrillo started the year with $101,748 in the bank and raised an additional $1,981 since January. He spent $15,759, leaving him with a balance of $87,969, campaign finance records show.
Carrillo’s take included a $250 donation from Martinelli Ranches in Forestville, and $100 each from individuals with Hospital Housekeeping Systems in Austin, Tex., and Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo.
Veronica Jacobi trailed far behind. Records show she raised $6,555 since Jan. 1, the bulk of that amount — $6,400 — in the form of a personal loan. Jacobi spent $2,689, leaving her with $3,866.
Former supervisor Ernie Carpenter also is challenging Carrillo for the 5th District seat. Records show he raised $7,511, which includes a personal loan of $2,511.
Carpenter reported having $5,100 on hand, an amount he labeled “puny” compared to Carrillo’s war chest, which Carpenter dismissed as “developer-related.”
“I’m not going to compete with him on money,” Carpenter said Thursday. “I’m going to compete with him on issues.”
Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who is seeking re-election in the 3rd District, raised $8,300 since Jan. 1, which she added to the $49,767 she already had in the bank.
Zane spent $11,888 this reporting period, leaving her with $47,170, records show.
Zane’s major contributors included donations of $1,000 each from Kendall-Jackson Winery and from Larry Wasem, managing general partner of the Airport Business Center.
Tim Smith, who is vying to unseat Zane, raised $3,470 since Jan. 1, almost all of that — $3,000 — in the form of a personal loan. He spent $2,352, leaving him with $1,117 on hand.
The Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association reported donations to three candidates, the largest of which was $2,500 given to Sawyer.
Zane and Mike McGuire each received $500 from the association’s political action committee.
Neither McGuire or Supervisor David Rabbitt are facing election this year.
Editors Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Supervisor Efren Carrillo received $100 donations from Sunny Hills Services in San Anselmo and Hospital Housekeeping Systems of Austin, Tex. The donations were individual contributions made by employees of those organizations.