A thrifty race for MVWSD board
Relatively little money has been raised or spent by candidates running for the board of trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District.
None of the candidates have reported spending more than $1,000 to promote themselves, and one of the candidates — Christopher Chiang — has declared he doesn't plan to raise more than $1,000, according to campaign finance reports filed by the candidates with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.
As of Sept. 30, the end of the most recent reporting period, the biggest spenders in the campaign were Peter Darrah and Steven Nelson.
Nelson, who has raised $3,080 for his campaign — all from his own pocket — has spent about $515. From January through Sept. 30, Nelson spent $152 on web-related fees, $278 on an advertisement in the Voice, and about $85 on other items, according to the forms he filed with the registrar's office.
Darrah told the Voice he has raised $1,308 — with all of the money coming from himself, family and friends. He said he has spent $200 on candidate filing fees, $375 on lawn signs and $21 on banking fees, $596 in all.
Darrah's list of expenditures could not be confirmed; as of press time, the county registrar's office had not yet received his campaign finance reports, which were due Oct. 5. Nelson was also late in filing his campaign finance reports, according to an official at the registrar's office.
Christopher Chiang, Bill Lambert and Jim Pollart all reported raising less than $1,000 as of Sept. 30.
Unlike Lambert and Pollart who said they intend to raise more than $1,000 in this campaign — Chiang filed a California Form 470, in which he pledges to raise no more than $1,000. This form does not include information on the exact amount of money raised, or how that money is spent.
Chiang told the Voice he had spent about $372 so far on filing fees and the materials to make homemade yard signs and fliers.
Pollart reported raising about $306 — largely through a $200 donation to himself. As of the filing deadline, he had spent about $75.
Lambert had spent none of the $500 he contributed to his own campaign. No one else had contributed to his campaign as of the deadline.