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Contributions about even

Candidates for El Dorado County District 5 supervisor were neck-and neck-in campaign fundraising as of last week for the upcoming June 6 election.

Incumbent Supervisor Norma Santiago remained slightly in the lead with a total $11,545 raised before the last filing deadline of May 25.

Challenger and South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long had pulled in $9,278 in contributions, and is using $10,000 of his own money.



Long had spent $15,310 by the filing deadline, which included about $8,000 in printing costs for his book “Recycled” and campaign CD. Santiago had spent $11,600.83, which included around $6,000 for production and airing of TV commercials.

Santiago’s contributors include Jerome Waldie, a former Democratic congressman and now a fellow governing board member at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lahontan Water Board division director Lauri Kemper, former election opponent and businessman Lou Pierini, school district director Stephen Morales, Lake Tahoe Democratic Club and businessman John Cefalu.



Her biggest contribution was from the Public Employees Union Local No. 1 for $2,000.

Long’s contributors include hotel owner Ed McCarthy, Fantasy Inn and Infinity Investments. A total $4,678 of Long’s money came in contributions less than $100. Those contributors do not have to be disclosed.

Long’s largest contributors were the Northern California Carpenters Council at $1,000 and Web designer Bruce Brown, who made a non-monetary contribution of services worth $1,000. Long also paid Brown $600 for professional services.

The county supervisor also serves on the 15-member TRPA governing board, which is expected to vote this summer on whether to allow new piers and buoys on Lake Tahoe. Whoever is elected next week will not take office until January 2007, according to County Registrar Bill Schultz.

Endorsements from organizations

* Challenger Ted Long:

Carpenters Local 1789 of South Lake Tahoe

Sacramento Building Council

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Mike Weber

(Note: Long said he has not actively sought endorsements).

* Incumbent Supervisor Norma Santiago:

Coalition for Change – El Dorado County

El Dorado County Association of Realtors

El Dorado County Employees Association – Local 1

El Dorado Democratic Central Committee

Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Sierra Club

Sierra Foothills Democratic Club

South Lake Tahoe Democratic Club

South Tahoe Educators’ Association

Tahoe Green Party

The Mountain News

United Democrats of El Dorado County

Candidates’ official Web sites:

http://www.TedLong.org

http://www.Santiago4Supervisor.com


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