More than $800,000 has been raised so far by the candidates running in this year’s races to represent Council Districts 1 and 13, according to the Ethics Commission. The incumbents, not surprisingly. maintain wide leads over their rivals. But one first-time candidate has managed to secure public matching funds.
The most recent contribution figures come less than five weeks before voters cast their ballots in the March 7 municipal primary, which includes elections for mayor and other city-wide offices, school board, city measures and city council seats. (Don’t know your council district? Go Here)
In Council District 1, incumbent Gil Cedillo has raised more than $416,000, or 85% of the total in that contest, according to city records. But one of his opponents, bike shop owner Joe Bray-Ali, has managed to drum up $49,000 in public matching funds — the only candidate in that race to do so.
What are matching funds? This is public money provided to those who agree to meet certain requirements. Some of those requirements include limits on how much candidates spend on their campaign and collecting 200 qualified contributions of at least $5 from individuals who live in the council district. Those candidates who meet the requirements can receive up to $100,000 in public matching funds.
In Council District 13, incumbent Mitch O’Farrell also has a big fundraising lead, taking in about $353,000, according to financial filings. His five challengers have collected less than $30,000 combined.
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