Kasperzak raised $7,401 from the start of the year through the filing period ending Sept. 22, which was fueled by a $1,250 loan to himself along with $1,000 donations from developer Sares Regis and Gary Kalbach, who won a short-term seat on the health care district board earlier this year.
Other significant contributions came from Mountain View Councilwoman Pat Showalter ($300), Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo ($250) and Mountain View resident David Hatt ($250). Kasperzak spent a total of $6,790 on his campaign as of Sept. 22, mostly spent on mailers and filing fees.
Incumbent Peter Fung raised significantly more in campaign funds, $32,750 in total, though he only spent $1,566 over the same period. The vast majority of the money came from a $30,500 loan to himself, along with many $100 to $300 donations from Bay Area residents, several of whom are physicians in the area.
The other two challenges in the race, physician George Ting and former Sunnyvale City Council member James Davis, filed campaign finance forms in early August stating they would not raise or spend more than $2,000 in the election. Neither has filed campaign documents since.
Sirkay, Ivanovic top LASD campaign fundraising
Los Altos School District candidate Shali Sirkay and board president Vladimir Ivanovic amassed the biggest war chests for the school board race as of Sept. 22, according to campaign finance filings.
The finance forms submitted last month show that Sirkay raised $4,980 over the period, followed by Ivanovic at $5,000. Next is candidate Ying Liu with $2,929 and incumbent Bryan Johnson with $1,150.
Although nearly all of the campaign spending has been paid for by the candidates themselves, Sirkay is the exception. She received monetary contributions including: $1,000 from current school board member Sangeeth Peruri, whose term expires this year; $1,000 from New York resident Asif Bahauddin; and $500 from Los Altos resident Robert Cole. She also received $500 from the Los Altos Teachers Association and $100 from former school board member Tamara Logan.
She spent $2,962 over the filing period, most of it on filing fees and campaign signs.
Ivanovic loaned himself $5,000 for the campaign, about half of which has been spent on filing fees and signs. Liu gave herself $2,929 in monetary contributions, which she spent the entirety of on signs, bumper stickers and other campaign materials.
Johnson loaned himself $1,000 and received the remaining $150 in contributions, $100 of which came from Los Altos resident Ken Branson. He spent more than twice that amount — $3,091 — on filing fees, signs and buttons.
Spending low for high school, elementary school districts
Consistent with past years, campaign spending for two of Mountain View's local school board elections — the Mountain View Whisman School District and the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District — show little in the way of campaign spending through Sept. 22, with a few exceptions.
For the Mountain View-Los Altos district, incumbents Debbie Torok and Fiona Walter and challengers Catherine Vonnegut and Steve Nelson, all filed documents in July and August stating they do not intend to raise or spend more than $2,000 this election season, meaning they do not have to file detailed reports of campaign fundraising and expenditures through Sept. 22.
In the four-way race for two seats on the Mountain View Whisman school board, the two challengers — Devon Conley and Tamara Patterson — have outraised and outspent incumbents Ellen Wheeler and Greg Coladonato, according to campaign finance documents.
Conley reported raising $3,255, getting $975 in contributions from the education advocacy group Leadership for Educational Equity, along with $200 and $100 donations, mostly from local residents. She had spent just shy of $1,600 as of Sept. 22.
Patterson had self-financed her campaign through the same period, loaning herself $1,900, of which she reported spending $261 on campaign literature.
Wheeler filed finance forms in July stating she wouldn't raise or spend more than $2,000. Coladonato has not filed documents showing any campaign spending activity. His 2014 campaign fund has a little over $3,500 left in unspent loans to himself.
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