Candidates Show Their Fundraising Hands in Campaign 2020
By Matt Adams
The next Primary Election may be seven months away, but candidates have been in fundraising mode since January and now their efforts have become public record. No surprise that the San Diego Mayor’s race has generated considerable interest and money with over one million dollars raised between January and June. Todd Gloria bested rival Barbara Bry by more than $124 thousand. The State Assemblyman raised over $656 thousand compared to San Diego Councilmember Bry’s $535 thousand. As for the City Council, District 7 candidate Noli Zosa far outraised others vying for council seats with over $117 thousand. His closest rival in the six-person race to succeed Scott Sherman was Raul Campillo who raised just over $90,000.
Not to be outdone, the candidates for San Diego County Board of Supervisors showed some impressive numbers themselves with over $1.2 million raised among 10 candidates vying for 3 seats. In the race for District 1, Rafael Castellanos led the pack with $182 thousand compared to his two rivals. District 2 had Steve Vaus well ahead of challengers’ Kenya Taylor and Joel Anderson with $232 thousand. District 3 Incumbent Supervisor Kristin Gaspar outraised her three opponents and reported $170 thousand.
All seats whether city council or supervisor will have the top two vote recipients moving to a November 2020 General Election. With that in mind, its no doubt fundraising will remain a top priority.