Jose Gardea, Chief of Staff for Councilman Ed Reyes, raised about $105,ooo in contributions last year for his campaign to replace the termed-out Reyes as representative of the First Council District. Gardea, who last September became the first candidate to enter the First District race, took in significantly more than the approximately $57,000 raised by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who officially jumped into the race in November. When it comes to financial support, Gardea attracted cash from restaurant owners to real estate developers who are backing his bid to represent the district that includes Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights as well as portions of Echo Park and Highland Park
Gardea raised money from major corporations and organizations – including the Dodgers ($500), billboard giant Clear Channel ($500) and developer John Semcken ($500) – as well as individuals, including community organizer Miguel Luna ($500), East L.A. math instructor Hee Rhyum Kim ($400) and Saint Sophia Cathedral priest John S. Bakas ($100.) The list of contributors also included numerous restaurant owners, including a total of $2,000 from four different people associated with Langer’s deli; $1,500 from people associated with the Cimmarusti Group, a Glendale-based restaurant owner and developer; $500 from Brooklyn Bagel Bakery and $300 from Raul Sanchez, owner of Happy Tom’s in Echo Park.
The contributions were made during the last three months of 2011, according to a report by the City Ethics Commission, which tracks campaign contributions. While Gardea did out-raise Cedillo last year, there is still plenty of time for the candidates to raise cash in time for the election, which will take place in March 2013.
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