Hospital district board candidates raise tens of thousands


Candidates for the El Camino Hospital District's board of directors are courting voters with ads and mailers, according to recent campaign financial reports. Most of the candidates report taking in upwards of $10,000 in contributions and loans, and are spending that money on campaign literature, newspaper advertisements and website design services.

The biggest spenders on the campaign are incumbents John Zoglin and Wes Alles, who have spent a grand total of about $15,870 so far -- about $1,000 more than the $14,763 they have thus far raised.

The filing period covers Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.

John Zoglin & Wes Alles

Zoglin and Alles have established a joint campaign finance committee and reported their finances to the county registrar of voters together.

A portion of the money raised by the joint committee was taken in before Alles joined. The committee has raised a great deal of money from individual donors giving sums of money in the $100 to $500 range. Among those smaller donors, Mark Fischer-Colbrie, CEO of a medical technology company called Labyte, gave $500; Dr. Richard Gilman, an El Camino Hospital physician, gave $250; and Earl Fry, the EVP and CFO of Informatica Corporation, which makes healthcare products, gave $250. The largest donation, $1,500, came from the California Hospital Association Political Action Committee.

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According to the documents filed with the registrar's office, the joint committee has spent more than $10,000 on campaign literature, $3,000 for an official campaign statement to be printed on the county's voter guide, $1,600 on print advertisements with the Los Altos Town Crier, $242 on web services and $350 on campaign paraphernalia.

Dennis Chiu

Dennis Chiu raised the most money of all the candidates -- $19,632 --pulling in several large donations, in the $500 to $1,000 range from individuals, including the vice mayor of Campbell, Evan Low. He received a contribution of $2,500 from the SEIU-UHW. Chiu also loaned himself close to $6,000.

He has spent $11,170 of the money he raised -- a great deal of it on campaign literature ($7,921) and on the official campaign statement to appear in county-issued voter materials ($3,000). He also spent $150 on web design and $99 on campaign paraphernalia.

Bill James

Bill James has raised a little more than $10,700 in contributions and loans this year to date. Notable among his smaller donors, Mountain View councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga donated $250 to James' campaign. The candidate has loaned himself $10,000.

The largest items on James' list of expenditures include $1,756 on campaign literature, $1,247 on yard signs and $450 for professional graphic design from a Palo Alto design firm. In total, James spent only $3,932 on his campaign during the reporting period.

Julia Miller

Julia Miller raised the least of all the candidates, pulling in $5,801 from a variety of $100 to $250 donations. She was also given $750 by Michael E. Fox, a retired business owner from Saratoga, and $2,500 from the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW).

So far, Miller has spent $3,359 -- $150 on her website, $150 on print advertisements and $3,000 on an official candidate statement to appear on the county voter guide.


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