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Familiar faces get early start in 2014 Petaluma City Council race fundraising


The Petaluma City Council election is almost two years away, but three candidates already are on the campaign trail raising money.

Three council seats and the separately elected mayor’s position will be on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.

Councilman Mike Harris, seeking his fourth consecutive term on the council, has $11,300 in the bank, the most as of Jan. 1, according to semi-annual campaign finance reports released this week.

 Petaluma mayor David Glass and Pamela Torliatt at a 2006 City Council meeting. (PD File)

Petaluma mayor David Glass and Pamela Torliatt at a 2006 City Council meeting. (PD File)

Pam Torliatt, who served 10 years on the council and four years as mayor, has a $4,400 balance. She is seeking a return to the council after being out of office since 2010, when she ran unsuccessfully for county supervisor.

Mayor David Glass has $8,200 cash on hand, $5,000 of which came from a personal loan to his campaign for reelection.

No other candidates have filed forms with the city declaring their intentions to seek election in 2014.

In addition to the mayoral post, the council seats of Harris, Teresa Barrett and Chris Albertson set to expire in 2014.

Harris wouldn’t confirm political rumors that he will challenge Glass for mayor. He said this week he will make an announcement soon.

Glass is seeking a third term as mayor. He was elected to the post in 2002. In 2008, he was elected to the council, then ran mid-term for mayor in 2010.

Torliatt was elected to the Petaluma council in 1996, then reelected in 2000 and 2004. She quit her council post mid-term after being elected mayor in 2006.

Mike Harris.

Mike Harris.

Though it may be early for campaigning, candidates are beginning to get the word out about their intentions and recently have had a few low-key fund-raising events.

The most recent campaign contribution disclosures show Harris with a wide lead, including $5,000 from the first half of 2012. Torliatt and Glass started raising funds in earnest in December.

From July through December, Harris raised $7,200, including notable contributions of the $200 maximum from retired Clover Stornetta executive Gary Imm, Petaluma retiree Dick Sharke, Petaluma KOA campground manager Pauline Wood, Friedman’s Home Improvement owner Bill Friedman, his wife Susan Friedman, real estate agent Clayton Engstrom and Jericho Products owner Barbara Lind.

Other top donors to Harris include: Bill White, chairman of Basin Street Properties; Walter Haake, who owns Foundry Wharf properties; and Veale Investment Properties of Santa Rosa.

Of the $4,900 Torliatt has raised since August, contributors include maximum amounts from Glass, Barrett, Barrett’s husband John Cota, Healdsburg activist Warren Watkins and Greg Reisinger of the political group Petaluma Tomorrow. She received $100 from the campaign of Michael Allen for Assembly and $199.92 from Timothy Smith, an administrative law judge from Sacramento.

Torliatt also received $200 contributions from Barbara Woolmington-Smith of Woolmington-Smith Ventures of Orinda, which manages the Plaza North shopping center in Petaluma; Kathy Butlin of the same company; and from Plaza North itself.

Glass took in $3,600, all in December. Notable contributors include: $100 from Allen’s campaign; $200 each from Barrett, Cota, Torliatt, Reisinger, Smith, Watkins and Torliatt’s company, Superior Systems.

Both Glass and Torliatt received $460 in contributions from Barry Bussewitz, a Solano professor who lives in Petaluma, his wife Janine Castles and their son, Devin.

(Contact Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or lori.carter@pressdemocrat.com.)

8 Responses to “Familiar faces get early start in 2014 Petaluma City Council race fundraising”

  1. terry plank says:

    Torliatt and Glass are interested in their own personel gain and could give a damn about petaluma or its citizens,they donate money to each other who knows what else they do for each other,Torliatt lives off of daddy and the lives in the house that daddy bought for her,with her leadership is as bad as one lane in each direction on pet blvd what a nightmare that is good job Bi–H keep up the good work

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  2. bill me says:

    Mike Harris has consistently represented sound, logical, thoughtful positions on Petaluma issues. Although he doesn’t “roll over” for businesses, he recognizes what business means to Petaluma and consistently votes to support a nice mix of business opportunities in Petaluma. The community is better off having Mike Harris represent their interests.
    As for Glass and Torliatt, they seem to be supported by folks that seem hell bent on destroying the community and business. I don’t think it is too early to say “No to Glass and Torlatt”.

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  3. Steveguy says:

    TheyALL want to end up on a $150,000 a year plus perks gig with ” Regional appointments”

    That has been obvious for years.

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  4. Ray M. says:

    John Cota cannot vote, due to his time spent in Federal prison. Torliatt needs to give his money back, or is she OK with getting contributions from a felon?

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  5. Bad Horror Movie says:

    Torliatt running for Council again is like one of those bad horror movies where they kill the monster but it keeps coming back again and again.

    Petaluma is still suffering from her leadership. Let’s not have history repeat itself.

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  6. Molly says:

    Well said. Let’s nix these losers in the next election.

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  7. Protect the public interest says:

    Petaluma needs leaders who know what they are doing, and put the public interest ahead of their own and their big land developer backers. Clearly in this race, we have two candidates who have strong records on doing their best for the public interest, and much of our current success is directly related to their efforts. We need real leaders who will stand up to Dutra, for example, not just when it’s politically expedient, but when they are needed most….at the very first county hearings. Petaluma is a unique brand and we must ensure its protected. It means protecting the environment and being careful when approving big projects. My votes will be going to the leaders who have proven records of protecting the rate payers and our environment, while encouraging businesses that enhance, rather than diminish, our quality of life. Leaders who actually ask questions, rather than simply rubber stamp projects as payback for their support. I’m voting for David Glass, Pam Torliatt, and Teresa Barrett and, unless your vision for Petaluma is “Anytown USA”, you would be wise to support them as well.

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  8. BigDogatPlay says:

    “Pam Torliatt, who served 10 years on the council and four years as mayor…”

    Thinks it more than appropriate for her to once again be our lord and master, dictating her progressive mantra to the ill informed serfs who will support her in her never ending quest to be a professional politician and to cash in on the gravy trains of various boards, appointments and (she dreams) higher office.

    No more Torliatt…. and no more Mayor Glass, her hand chosen sucessor / puppet. The voters of Petaluma need new voices in city hall, not these two who’ve led a record of failure and division.

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