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Campaign spending starts strong in supes, D.A. races

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Ted Long, who is running for county supervisor, has opened a campaign office on Emerald Bay Road.
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This summer’s contested election races in El Dorado county seem to be attracting strong campaign contributions, according to the first round of public campaign spending disclosures for the June 6 primary.

And it’s early, with most candidates admitting to spending more by the time the next campaign statements are due May 25.

Amador County Chief Assistant District Attorney Vern Pierson said he plans to hit the advertising circuit with print, radio and direct mail. Other than that, he’s trying to conduct “meet and greet” meetings in a grass-roots campaign, he said Tuesday. That kind of political campaign may be relative to the race – with exposure proving necessary to voter awareness.



As of March 17, Pierson had outspent this county’s incumbent District Attorney Gary Lacy for his post by more than two thirds with $36,014 in expenditures. His signs dot the county’s West Slope landscape. There’s one in South Lake Tahoe on Harrison Avenue.

Pierson believes he needed to come out of the gate fast because he works outside the area and Lacy is well known. A fundraiser in January brought out 300 people, he said.



“My view is you have a long-term incumbent district attorney. I knew I’d have to run an effective campaign and talk about who I am,” he said.

Lacy is going for his fourth term. He reported having spent $7,928 by mid-March. None of his $10,406 in contributions come from the South Shore for this reporting period.

And Pierson has reported one $140 contribution from the lake – from South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long. When asked if he would in turn support Long, Pierson said probably not because of a perceived conflict of interest.

“I think I have to stay neutral on the supervisor’s race because the supervisor would control (the district attorney’s) budget,” he said.

A race of two diverse contenders

Long estimated he would spend about $10,000 “unless I fall into some money,” he said Tuesday. Upon announcing his candidacy, he wrote District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago a letter requesting the two candidates set a campaign spending limit. He said he received no response.

Santiago said Tuesday she will spend what she needs to. She brought back her core army of volunteers responsible for last year’s winning election. Her campaign was marked by a methodical, door-knocking get-out-the-vote campaign set in neighborhood grid patterns.

She stopped short of divulging this election’s campaign strategy.

“Let’s put it this way, I don’t take anything for granted,” she said.

Long threw out everything he plans to do, which ranges from signs and radio to newspaper inserts and even a book he’s handing out called “The Story of a Life Reinvented.” It’s the story of his life – Long style.

“I’m not actively raising money. My campaign is mostly word of mouth,” he said.

On his campaign statement for the period ending March 17, Long had reported no contributions or expenditures to unseat Santiago.

With 33.9 percent of the vote, Santiago won the seat last fall, fulfilling Dave Solaro’s term. She took $10,888 in donations, less than an eighth of challenger Dennis Crabb. She had spent $1,584 and received $1,984 in contributions. Four out of the six contributors listed hail from South Lake Tahoe. Donations outside the district became an issue between challengers Crabb and Lou Pierini in the height of the campaign.

El Dorado County election campaign disclosures

(period ending March 17)

Editor’s note: This summer’s contested election races in El Dorado county seem to be attracting strong campaign contributions, according to the first round of public campaign spending disclosures for the June 6 primary.

And it’s early, with most candidates admitting to spending more by the time the next campaign statements are due May 25. The following is a list of statements filed by March 22.

El Dorado County election campaign disclosures

District 5 Supervisor race

Incumbent Norma Santiago: Contributions – $1,984; Expenditures – $1,584

Contributors

— Patricia Wendt – $100

— Richard Lynn – $100

— Francesca Loftis – $100

— Del Laine – $100

— Gerald DeLemos – $100

— Mark Peck – $800 (loan)

Ted Long: Contributions and expenditures – reported none

District Attorney race

Incumbent Gary Lacy: Contributions – $10,406; Expenditures – $7,928

Contributors

— Mike Cimorelli – $500

— Trent Saxton – $500

— Mike Kobus – $200

— Gary Lacy – $1,000, $132

— Bruce and Barbara Ashwill – $4,000

— David and Kaye Caulkins – $100

— Darrell and Celestie Hinz – $500

— Chris and Tonya Hurst – $200

— David Machado – $250

— Paul and Carol Sutherland – $100

— Cecil and Judity Wetsel – $1,000

— Minuteman Press – $200

— Walker’s Office Supply – $1,200

— Stonehouse Winery – $265

Vern Pierson: Contributions – $34,945; Expenditures – $36,014

Contributors

— Marc Ahrens – $100

— Melinda Aiello – $140

— Helen Atchley – $150

— Larry Beutler – $400

— Phillip Brooks – $100

— Robert Brown – $225

— Cameron Park Automotive – $100

— Bernard Carlson – $200

— Joe’s Barber Shop – $100

— Dawn Davenport – $1,215

— Karen Detwiller – $620

— Bianca Diaz Houle – $260

— Amy Drake – $100

— Eagle Radiator & Muffler – $100

— William George – $100

— Gold Country Bail Bonds – $300

— Gold Hill Stables – $370

— Anthony Granados – $100

— Carl Hagan – $100

— Elizabeth Harrison – $200

— Annette Hickman – $426

— David Hopkins – $500

— William Houle – $450

— Hurley & Hurley – $645

— Lisa Anne Johnson – $130

— Richard Jones – $175

— Gregory Jones – $140

— Tiffany Jones – $100

— Leigh Kolb – $100

— Cindy Lincoln – $100

— Ted Long – $140

— Sharon MacNichol – $255

— Judy Mathat – $225

— Carole Murphy – $100

— Dennis Norgood – $650

— John O’Connor – $210

— Lynn Olson – $180

— Peace Officers Research Association of California PAC – $500

— Ross Petitt – $600

— Kenneth Schoniger – $100

— Hannah Seuffert – $200

— Kenneth Steers – $1,800

— Steizmiller Realty – $350

— Steven C. Bailey & Assoc. – $250

— William Terry – $110

— Town Center East – $200

— Katy Waldin – $160

— James Wegner – $100

— Terry Woodruff – $280

— Johnnie Yaws – $200

— Paul Zink – $100

— Lawson & Mayer attorneys – $100

— Armando Zambrano – $100

— Dana Cullen – $110

— Terry Woodruff – $2,100

— John Stelzmiller – $400

— Fats Bistro – $100

— Cyndee Pierson – $100

— Paul Wofford – $400

— Placerville Hardware – $150

— Tony Mathews – $150, $750

— Kitchen Store – $150

— Patti Fetzer – $450

— Kevin McCart – $350

— Coulson Winery – $192

— Vicki Wagner – $1,200

— Richard Clarke – $1,000

— Robert Smerling – $180

— Lani Steers – $5,800

Sheriff Jeff Neves (unopposed): Contributions – none; Expenditures – $3,243


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