Fourth District Supervisorial challenger Chris Kerrigan has outraised incumbent Virginia Bass in the last two months of the election season, according to campaign finance statements filed with the Humboldt County elections office yesterday.
Kerrigan raised a total of $28,411 in cash contributions between March 18 and May 17, the reports show. Bass raised $24,937 in the same period, however she stands slightly ahead in year-to-date fundraising totals and goes into the last couple of weeks of the election with a substantially larger war chest — she has $26,377 in the bank, compared to Kerrigan’s $6,131.
But Kerrigan’s forms seemed to show a broad base of support for the former Eureka city councilmember. In all, 122 donors gave over $100 to his campaign in this period; Bass had only 38.
Kerrigan’s largest donors were hardware store owner Bill Pierson, who gave his campaign committee $2,000 this period, and former pot doc/environmental activist Ken Miller, who gave $1,850. Other significant support came from the Central Labor Council of Humboldt/Del Norte ($1,000), Thomas Preble of Eureka ($900) and the United Food and Commercial Workers ($500).
Bass, meanwhile, received large donations from the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization ($2,500), the California Association of Realtors’ state political action committee ($1,500), North Coast Fabricators ($1,500), Barnum Timber ($1,000), Operating Engineers Local #3 ($1,000), and Eureka residents Dave Schneider ($1,000), Maurice Shaw ($1,000) and Ernie Weston ($1,000).
In the District Attorney’s race, Maggie Fleming has pulled far ahead of her challengers, raising $37,993 in cash in the latest period. Elan Firpo raised $14,115 and Allan Dollison $7,000. Arnie Klein had not filed his paperwork by deadline.
Fleming pulled in 154 cash contributions of $100 or more. Big donors included the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs Organization ($2,500), Ruth Harvey of McKinleyville ($1,560), Bill Pierson ($1,000) and Jonathan Flyer of Loleta ($1,000).
Firpo had 16 donors of $100 or up, including herself — she gave $3,000 to her own campaign committee. Neal Ewald of Green Diamond gave her campaign $2,500 and loaned it an additional $2,500. Other large donations came from Eureka dentist Mohd Awwad ($1,000), Streamguys ($1,000), Don Banducci ($1,000) and Northcoast Fabricators. After the filing period had closed, Firpo received another $1,000 loan from Ewald, $2,000 from the Hoopa Valley Tribe and $1,236 from campaign manager Jaison Chand.
Dollison had 24 $100+ donations, none of them over $500.
In the Fifth District Supervisorial race, incumbent Ryan Sundberg maintained a blistering fundraising lead over challenger Sharon Latour — $30,417 raised to Latour’s $9,131. Sundberg had $38,326 in the bank at the end of the reporting period; Latour had $13,824.
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LATE CONTRIBUTIONS (Form 497s):