Candidates vying for a seat on the Mountain View City Council cranked up campaign fundraising efforts, with hopefuls Lucas Ramirez and Ellen Kamei leading the pack with more than $25,000 in contributions, according to campaign finance documents released last week.
The documents, which detail fundraising and spending activity through Sept. 22, show that Ramirez received contributions totaling $26,053, followed closely behind by Kamei at $25,334. Former council member John Inks reported receiving $18,287, and incumbent Pat Showalter collected $15,015 in the same time period. Trailing at the back were Mayor Lenny Siegel, with $9,764 and Alison Hicks, with $8,150.
Other major contributions include the local landlord group Mountain View Housing Council ($500), local landlord Jeff Zell ($500), property manager Peter Wang ($500) and retired Milpitas resident David Hufton ($500), according to campaign documents.
Kamei received significant non-monetary contributions of signs worth through $2,338 from the Mountain View Firefighters PAC, along with major donations from the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers (IBEW) union ($1,000), the Young Asian Pacific Islanders (API) Democrats of California ($500) and state Assemblyman Kansen Chu's campaign fund ($500).
The latest filing period shows Showalter received several significant contributions including $1,000 from Merle Showalter, a retired resident of Mechanicsville, Virginia; $750 from IBEW; $250 from local developer Greystar; $250 from Mountain View Councilman Ken Rosenberg; and $250 from Cupertino City Council member Rod Sinks.
Siegel's top contributors also include IBEW, which gave $750, along with $500 from Mountain View resident and Google manager Deb Henigson, $500 from workers compensation attorney Donna Rivers, $500 from physician Mary Cooke and $500 from Michael and Bonnie Laster, Mountain View residents.
Hicks received large contributions from Stanford Associate Vice Provost Johanna Metzgar, who gave $1,000, and Los Altos resident Lori Robbins, who gave $900. She also received $600 from Mountain View resident Karen Steach and $500 each from Berkeley residents Sara Hicks-Kilday and Russell Kilday-Hicks.
Kamei leads the way on campaign spending so far, reporting expenditures of $11,647 as of Sept. 22, followed by Showalter at $10,404. Ramirez spent a total of $6,477 over the same period, followed by Hicks at $5,308, Siegel at $3,998 and Inks at $2,603. The vast majority of the funding was spent on flyers, campaign mailers, print ads and lawn signs, with Kamei paying $2,750 to a consultant firm for "campaign communication and messaging," according to the documents.