Menlo Park City Councilman and former mayor Ray Mueller ups his three challengers for the District 3 seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, with San Carlos City Councilman Laura Parmer-Lohan nearby rear.
Candidates Virginia Chang Kiraly and Steven Booker said they raised less than half for their campaigns.
Campaign finance disclosures from Jan. 1, 2021 through April 23, 2022 show Mueller raised approximately $236,500, with significant support from realtors and real estate political action committees, developers, technical and business executives and local small business owners.
Groups that have donated to Mueller’s campaign include the California Apartment Association ($1,000), which represents developers and landlords of rental properties and has been an outspoken opponent of rent control, as well as the Committee of California Association of Realtors Political Action ($1,500).
Additionally, Mueller received support from the San Mateo County Firefighters Union Group ($1,000) and the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Union ($1,500).
Individual real estate agents, developers and brokers have also donated thousand dollars to Mueller. Several executives of Tarlton Properties, including its founder John Tarlton, have supported his campaign. Tarlton Properties is a Menlo Park-based commercial property developer who recently submitted plans to develop a life sciences building in Menlo Park at 1350 Adams Court. The project is currently being examined by the town planning commission.
Robert Webster, founder of Bohannon Development Company, donated $1,000. The developer is behind the Menlo Gateway project, which includes a 230-room hotel near Meta’s headquarters.
Other notable contributions come from leaders and owners of large and small businesses.
Mark Flegel of Flegels home furniture ($500), Richard and Mary Ann Draeger of Draeger’s Market ($2,500) and Andrew “Drew” Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild ($500) – all of whom have businesses based in Menlo Park — donated to Mueller’s campaign.
Gregory Penner, Walmart chairman and founder of Madrone Capital Partners, a Menlo Park-based investment management firm, donated $2,000. His wife Carrie Penner, the granddaughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and avid supporter of charter schools, contributed $2,000. The campaign finance report lists her as a board member of the Charter School Growth Fund, a venture capital firm that supports charter schools.
Local elected officials supporting Mueller include San Mateo County Comptroller Juan Raigoza ($100), District 4 County Supervisor Warren Slocum ($1,000) and District 5 Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian ($250 ). Mueller previously served as Simitian’s chief of staff.
Parmer-Lohan has brought in the second-biggest campaign war chest, raising around $203,800 since December 2020.
Don Horsley, the current District 3 Supervisor, endorsed Parmer-Lohan and donated $1,000. Other notable donors include Amy Buckmaster, CEO of the San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, and Don Cecil, vice president of the chamber.
Some of his other most significant contributions come from the medical and health technology industry, reflecting his marketing background in biotechnology. Currently, she is Chief of Staff at Amgen, a Thousand Oaks-based biopharmaceutical company.
Supporters include Susan Stimson, president of Zenflow, a medical device company ($1,000); Pamela Kirtzman, CEO of healthcare at Sequoia Healthcare District (about $500); Marga Ortigas-Wedekind, director of business strategy for Fogarty Innovation ($1,000); and Debbie Donovan, director of market development at Cala Health ($1,000).
She also received a $1,000 donation from the National Union of Health Care Workers.
Virginia Chang Kiraly, an elected member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors and president of the San Mateo County Harbor District, said she raised about $132,000 for her campaign, including $50,000 in loans. .
Some of his notable contributions come from local officials, including: County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos ($500); County Deputy Sheriff Mark Robbins ($250); and several members of the city council.
Maryann Derwrin, former mayor and current Portola Valley City Council member ($1,000); East Palo Alto City Council member Carlos Romero ($200); Donna Colson, Burlingame City Council Member; and Hillsborough City Council member Marie Chuang ($200) supported Chang Kiraly’s campaign.
Steven Booker, a representative for the county’s District 3 Democratic Central Committee, said he has raised just over $100,000 for his campaign since he began taking donations in March 2021.
His campaign finance reports show overwhelming support from electricians, possibly due to his experience as a trade representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) labor group. Several electricians on the peninsula donated $2,000. Other contributors include members of the IBEW.
Booker also received donations from the Livermore-based Sheet Metal Workers union ($2,000) and the San Francisco chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ($500).
The two top fundraisers are also the biggest spenders, investing heavily in campaign consultants and polls and surveys.
Mueller has spent about $137,000 since he started fundraising for his campaign in 2021. About $26,500 has gone to EMC Research, a data analytics firm specializing in polls and research on the public opinion, and an additional $26,000 to Wheelhouse Strategies, which is listed under consulting services in Mueller’s. campaign finance reports.
Since starting fundraising in late 2020, Parmer-Lohan has spent $112,000 on her campaign. Much of his spending went to Godbe Corporation, a San Mateo-based public opinion research firm ($33,575), and Lew Edwards Group, an Oakland-based political consulting firm ($26,000). .
Booker and Chang Kiraly said less spending. Booker spent about $74,200 on his campaign, largely for consulting and other services from CleanSweep Campaigns.
Chang Kiraly had the least reported expenses, spending around $53,900. She lists a few sources of consultation: Storefront Political Media ($23,700); NGP VAN, a DC-based voter database and web hosting service provider often used in Democratic campaigns ($10,080); and a person named Casey Serafina ($5,700), a Menlo-Atherton High School alumnus, Menlo-Atherton High School alumnus, and Girl Scout who advocated for the county to use PulsePoint, a smartphone app, as a reporting system. alert for people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The next campaign finance reporting deadline is May 26 and covers the period from April 24 to May 22.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misrepresented the dollar amount of a loan Virginia Chang Kiraly took out to support her campaign. The exact loan amount is $50,000. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.