(Update: this story now contains information from the Walnut Creek Police Officers Association PAC).
In the final days of the Walnut Creek City Council race, there are two candidates who have raised the most money so far – retired CPA Loella Haskew is on top with $34,830 in cash and loans, followed by incumbent Bob Simmons with $30,275 in cash and loans. Haskew has spent a total of $27,147 as of the end of the last reporting period, while Simmons spent $23,739.
Among the large donors to Haskew is homemaker Sandra Seeno, Allied Waste Services and CPA Doug Regalia, all of whom donated $160 each to her campaign.
Simmons received $160 donations from the Walnut Creek Employees Association, BART Director Gail Murray, Concord realtor Terrylynne Fisher and retiree Mary Ann Hruska.
Contra Costa County assistant district attorney Barry Grove has raised a total of $17,886 and spent $13,430 as of the last reporting period. Among his $160 contributors are Walnut Creek Employees Association, the Contra Costa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, California Real Estate PAC, and homemaker Naomi Murphy.
Entrepreneur Justin Wedel raised a total of $12,233 and spent a total of $7376 by the last reporting period. His $160 contributors include Brian Hirahara, owner of BH Development and Bechtel engineer James Murray of Walnut Creek.
The Walnut Creek Police Officers Association PAC raised a total of $20,377, and spent $26,011 (there was cash left over from previous years). Of that, $20,953 went for campaign flyers, signs and other material for Grove, and $2,824 went to Simmons.
The Walnut Creek PAC raised a total of $5,950, and spent a total of $1,471. Among the $1,500 donors to this PAC were BH Development owner Brian Hirahara, Livermore rental supply owner Westin Cook, real estate developer Steven Cortese, and real estate broker Edward Del Beccaro.
The PAC donated $160 each to the campaigns of Simmons, Wedel and Haskew.
See each candidate’s 460 forms for a complete list of cash donations, expenditures and donors.