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News - October 26, 2012

A thrifty race for MVWSD board

by Nick Veronin

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.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

It's a bummer doing the 'campaign filing' stuff. But my Oct 5 forms are in as of Oct 17 and I made the most recent filing deadline. ' Was' still under $1000. FYI any candidates who have not yet spent $1000 are not yet required to file the more complex 460 Form. Chris is an example of one who decided to spend/raise less than $1000 - so he filed his intent and does not have to file further.
Jim Pollart, with his big MV Voice ad (Oct 26 pg 17), large 'lawn signs' , and a few large banners will certainly go over the $1000 filing limit. I plan to go over - maybe a total of $2100 - $2200 [no lawn signs]. Bill looks like he may stay under $1000 [very smart web site investment!). My $152 was on a voter data base from the Registrar of Voters.
Also looks like Darrah and Pollart (Peanut and Jelly) are going to try to "sandwich" Bill between them - so Bill may get a relatively free ride into office (at least on the $ spend side, not his time investment).
Jim Pollart's color ad in today's MV Voice ("the Sandwich ad") should cost him about $720(?) and my B&W ad on page 14 cost me $622 (like in "ECONOMY" hee, hee). Peter's right, we should have fun at this.

Steven Nelson is a candidate for MVWSD Board
He is more "tortilla and fresh salsa" than 'peanut butter & jelly on white bread'
{Castro CAT, I listened AND took notes]

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm


You seem to come off unnecessarily critical in your post. If this is your approach in general(sarcastic and contrarian), you've helped me narrow my voting decision.

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

I'm not trying to dis anyone. Politics is an interesting game. And how money, alliances, and advertising is used affects large parts of the population. In a public school district, it particularly affects those with less access to private resources. Jim's ad and mine both are the the same 60 sq. inches. While Jim and I have been allies on the Shoreline Tax diversion issue - we took different sides on the way the Facilities Plan was prepared and presented to the voters. GSB, I hope you will attend some school Board meetings in the future, whoever is elected.
[BTW PB&J is a pretty clever ditty)

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

Pollart stood behind Ghysels until the very end. For that, he doesn't get my vote. He's got the typical double-standard elitist CEO attitude.