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Rajan's Plan For Reimbursing Donors

City Council member appears on ballot, but is not pursuing re-election because of Sacramento job.

City Council member Kish Rajan is not pursuing re-election Nov. 6, but his name will appear on the ballot.

Rajan filed his nomination papers in August and subsequently landed a job as the director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (or GO-Biz). He said the demands of that job would preclude his service as a city council member. He will still appear as a candidate on the ballot. Rajan said he was grateful for support, but urged his advocates to choose among other candidates in the field.

In an email last week, Rajan said he had spent 30 percent of money collected so far on the abortive City Council campaign. He said he has contacted donors and offered them an option:

  • to get a 70 percent refund or
  • to have their contributions donated in an even split between the Walnut Creek Education Fund and the PEAK Education Fund.

Rajan's contributions and expenditures were listed in a candidate statement filed with the city clerk Oct. 5.

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