Randy Rowse, Barrett Reed and Nina Johnson are the top fundraisers in their respective Santa Barbara political contests on the November ballot, according to the latest numbers.
Rowse, who is looking to knock off Cathy Murillo as mayor of Santa Barbara, had raised $238,000 as of Friday. He had raised about $100,000 more than Murillo this calendar year.
Rowse’s largest donations from the most recent filing period — July 1 to Sept. 18 — include $3,000 from retired doctor Ron Latimer, and $2,000 from El Toro Holdings and Michael MacElhenny, a Realtor with Hayes Commercial Group.
“The fundraising has gone far beyond expectations,” Rowse said. “What is resonating with folks I speak to as I canvass is that everyone is over the partisan bickering, lack of civility and dysfunction in City Hall. They want a change, and my lack of party affiliation is attractive.”
Rowse added that “from D.C. to Sacramento, down to the local level, folks want someone that cares about their issues more than whatever the political parties think is important,” Rowse said. “So they’re responding with support and enthusiasm. It’s pretty humbling.”
In the City Council District 4 contest, Reed continues to dominate the fundraising field, raising nearly three times more than his opponent, incumbent Kristen Sneddon. Reed brought in $209,000. Of that total, Reed has about $95,000 left to spend between now and Nov. 2. His top contributions came from Darryl Becker, a general contractor, for $2,500; Kirsten Becker, an interior designer, for $4,900; and $4,900 from MacElhenny.
“The large number of contributions to my campaign are the strongest sign of the frustration with the current City Council,” Reed said. “Local residents are unhappy with the inaction of our city leadership. The lack of action has made chronic problems now urgent.”
Reed said he has been walking door to door “every day for the last three months and am continually humbled by and thankful for the outpouring of support I receive at so many levels, including contributions.”
Sneddon’s largest donations this period came from John MacFarlane, co-founder of Sonos, for $2,500; retiree Claudia Roehrig gave $2,500; and filmmaker Gail Osherinko gave $1,500.
“My voters reflect a broad base of community support from voters in the area who care about the issues,” Sneddon said.
In the District 6 City Council race, Johnson, the senior assistant to the city administrator, did not file her campaign fundraising statements, which is required by the California Fair Political Practices Commission, by Thursday’s deadline. She told Noozhawk that she is a new candidate who is “working on it.”
She added that the total amount she had raised was $63,000, with her largest donations being $4,900 from attorney Naomi Dewey, $4,900 from property owner Richard Berti and $4,900 from attorney Brandi Redman.
“I am proud to receive broad-based community support for our grassroots campaign,” Johnson told Noozhawk. “Many people have realized that we need change in leadership and a more collaborative approach to make progress on longstanding issues.”
Johnson’s opponent, incumbent Meagan Harmon, had raised about $59,000.
“I am honored to have the support of so many people who want me to continue working on the City Council, and leading on the things that matter most to local residents,” Harmon said. “We are on track with our fundraising goals to support a robust campaign — one that is based on critical issues, like revitalizing downtown, increasing affordable housing, addressing homelessness and protecting renters.”
Also running for mayor are Murillo, who raised about $50,000 this period and $188,000 overall (which includes $50,000 she raised last year); Deborah Schwartz, who raised $37,000 this cycle and $143,000 overall; and James Joyce, who raised $12,000 this period and $42,000 overall. Matt Kilrain did not report fundraising. Mark Whitehurst filed via paper, and his campaign statements were not available online.
District 4 candidate Jason Carlton also filed via paper, and his campaign statements were not available online. Candidate Zachary Pike did not report any fundraising.
The election is Nov. 2.