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Challenger Outperforms Six Opponents In East Palo Alto City Council Race By Lending Money To His Own Campaign | New



With Election Day quickly approaching, Webster Lincoln, one of four newcomers vying for a seat on East Palo Alto City Council, leads the way for campaign contributions from his six opponents, collecting 18,005, $ 69 as of Oct. 17, according to the latest financial information.

Documents show that $ 13,872.69, or more than 75% of his campaign funds, came from Lincoln’s own pocket. The remainder of his funds, $ 4,133, came from individual donations, ranging from $ 100 to $ 500.

Contributions include $ 500 from his mother, Niambi Lincoln, current director of the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company; $ 500 from Katherine Loudd, Lincoln’s grandmother and former director of the water company; $ 500 from William Treseder, senior vice president of products at Palo Alto technology company BMNT; and $ 250 from Catherine Burton, a teacher from the Sequoia Union High School District.

Behind Lincoln, newcomer Antonio Lopez raised $ 16,451.79. Most of Lopez’s funds came from individual donations ranging from $ 100 to $ 500. As of October 17, his campaign had raised $ 14,540.

The 26-year-old Stanford University doctoral student in literature has received a large sum of donations from staff, faculty and colleagues at his alma maters, local schools and other educational institutions. Several contributions came from various faculty members at Menlo School, including a donation of $ 104 from school principal Than Healy.

The documents also show contributions from donors in the publishing and writing arena, including San Mateo County Poet Laureate, Aileen Cassinetto, and real estate investment firms, including Harvest Properties partner Blair Volckmann. , the Oakland-based developer who purchased 17 acres near Bay Road and Weeks Street last year, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

While the majority of contributions, nearly 70%, arrived in a single month, from September 18 to October 17, the rest of the money came from Lopez, who loaned $ 2,365 to his campaign.

Larry Moody, the former mayor and vice-mayor who is running for a third term on council, has received support from local politicians, real estate agents and investors, technical staff and the East Palo Alto Police Officers Association , according to documents.

In total, the longtime East Palo Alto resident raised $ 14,755 for his campaign, through donations alone.

Contributions include $ 500 from San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum; $ 500 from John Pimentel, District Board candidate for San Mateo County Community College; $ 250 from Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; $ 250 from Pat Burt, a former mayor who wants to return to Palo Alto city council this fall; $ 200 from State Senate candidate Josh Becker; and $ 100 from Gisell Hale, a candidate for Redwood City council.

Moody has also received several contributions from employees related to the tech industry, including $ 200 from Juan Salazar, public policy manager at Facebook. A few donations have also come from real estate agents and investors, such as a $ 250 contribution from Michael Kramer, Managing Director of Sand Hill Property Company, who has some investments in the city.

The campaigns of outgoing Lisa Gauthier and Juan Mendez, the youngest candidate in the race, raised significantly less money.

Gauthier’s campaign raised $ 4,205 through donations and loans.

Contributions to the former mayor’s re-election efforts include donations of $ 100 to $ 500 from some of the same people who also supported Moody’s campaign – Becker, Burt, Pimentel and Salazar.

Leigh Morgan, former director of operations for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who lives in Seattle, also donated $ 250 to Gauthier’s campaign, as did Azalée Renfield, community services manager in the city manager’s office, who donated $ 500.

Documents submitted on October 30 show that Mendez’s campaign received $ 2,357.63 and came mainly from two sources: a pool of smaller contributions under $ 100 – meaning Mendez’s campaign did not. to disclose credentials about those donors or the dollar amount they donated – and founding CEO of Silicon Valley Bank Roger Smith, who donated $ 500 to the campaign. There were a few other contributions in the range of $ 190 to $ 400, including one from former San Jose City Council candidate Jenny Higgins.

Stewart Hyland, organizing director of the San Mateo County Housing Leadership Council, initially had no intention of raising more than $ 2,000 for his campaign, but a recent cash transfer of $ 198 put him at- above the $ 2,000 limit. Documents disclosing campaign contributions had yet to be filed Friday afternoon, October 30, he said.

Carlos Romero, the affordable housing consultant seeking a third term on the board, was not required to disclose campaign funding information as he did not intend to raise more than 2,000 $ in campaign contributions.

Romero said he did not want to accept donations to avoid “undue influence from donors” and decided to self-fund his campaign.