By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Two Santa Rosa-based candidates seeking to replace retiring Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown have maintained their fundraising edge over their
Sonoma Valley-based opponents, according to new disclosures filed Thursday.
Santa Rosa City Council members John Sawyer and Susan Gorin pulled in the most donations among the field of six candidates, according to campaign finance reports for the period of March 18 to May 19.
Sawyer reported raising a total of $45,041 in that period while Gorin showed cash contributions of $36,196 plus non-monetary donations of $4,303, for a total of $40,499.
The amounts were three to four times the donations taken in by two other Sonoma Valley-based candidates during the March to May period.
Energy consultant Mark Bramfitt raised $11,949 and loaned himself $26,000. Together with $788 in nonmonetary contributions his total for the period was $38,737.
Communications consultant Gina Cuclis raised $14,358 in cash contributions and $4,979 in non-monetary donations. Her total for the period was $19,337.
Reports for two other candidates, Sonoma Mayor Joanne Sanders and Michael McClure, a teacher at the Sonoma Developmental Center, were not available at the Sonoma County elections office Thursday evening or online Friday morning.
The top fundraiser overall in the race, Sawyer also spent the most in the last period, reporting $66,765 in expenditures. He had $9,838 remaining at the end of the reporting period, records show.
Gorin spent $53,507 and had $22,418 in the bank. Bramfitt spent $31,563 and showed the most — $41,624 — in remaining funds.
Cuclis spent $19,371 and had $17,280 still available, records show.
With the June 5 election less than two weeks away, candidates are entering a period of last-minute fundraising and spending.
The activity is aimed at undecided Election Day voters and those who have yet to turn in their vote-by-mail ballots, which went out the first week of this month.
Provided no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will carry on to the Nov. 4 run-off election.
The 1st District supervisor’s seat, held by Brown since 2002, takes in Sonoma Valley, the city of Sonoma, the unincorporated communities of Kenwood and Glen Ellen and much of eastern Santa Rosa, including Bennett Valley and Rincon Valley and most of Fountaingrove.