Challenger in water district race far outspends incumbent

The first campaign finance report of the year was due last week, and there's a sharp divide between the two candidate running to represent Mountain View on the Santa Clara Valley Water District in the November election.

As of June 30, Gary Kremen spent over $41,000 on his run for the District 7 seat, according to campaign documents filed with Santa Clara County.

Kremen is running against incumbent Brian Schmidt, and, during the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, vastly outspent Schmidt.

Schmidt had no cash contributions and reports spending no money during the same period.

Kremen is his own biggest supporter thus far, having loaned his campaign $63,500. He reported receiving over $6,200 in cash contributions.

Big contributions include $1,000 from Ralph Eschenbach, vice president of venture capital firm Sand Hill Angels, and $1,000 from Beverly Anderson, an Oklahoma-based CEO for a company that sells high-end equestrian clothes.

Kremen also received $1,000 from Julie Kremen, who runs "photography tours" in San Diego, and $1,000 from Scott Macomber, principal of Vinedo Group LLC. Almost all of his contributions come from people listed as residents in the Bay Area.

A lion's share of his spending so far has been on polling and survey research. Kremen paid $25,000 to EMC Research, a company that conducts political polling, public opinion studies and public policy research. Other expenditures include $8,700 to law firm Rutan and Tucker LLP, $2,500 to McGovern and Associates and Consulting, Inc. and a total of over $2,900 to campaign consultant Jeffrey Cianci.

Kremen's war chest is in sharp contrast to incumbent Brian Schmidt's, according to the reports. In the same period, Schmidt reported receiving $266 in non-monetary campaign contributions from Carolyn Eriksson, a retired woman in San Mateo who donated 18 campaign t-shirts.

The next filing reports are due Oct. 6.


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 17, 2014 at 10:34 pm

How much money does the incumbent make as a Water Board member? This water district is top heavy with dozens of over-paid supervisors. When in doubt, throw the incumbent out.

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