Robles-Wong, McCormick lead school, hospital board fundraising races

Robles-Wong, McCormick lead school, hospital board fundraising races

Michele Ellson

Updated at 3:56 p.m. Monday, October 15 and at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday, October 17

Candidates for local Board of Education and Alameda Health Care District Board seats are raising and spending far less than Alameda’s City Council hopefuls, with most of the candidates pledging to spend less than $1,000 on their campaigns.

As of September 30, Michael Robles-Wong was the only school board candidate to raise or spend more than $1,000, the point at which candidates’ fundraising and expenses must be reported. Robles-Wong had raised $1,047 as of that date this year and spent $1,475.15, with the bulk of that amount an outstanding debt for campaign literature and mailings, a filing submitted to the Alameda City Clerk's office shows.

Candidate Barbara Kahn also submitted a disclosure statement listing her donors, which shows $900 in contributions and no expenditures so far this year. Like Kahn, the other six candidates for school board seats – incumbents Ron Mooney, Trish Herrera Spencer and Nielsen Tam and Tom Lynch, Jon Murphy and Kurt Peterson – all filed forms with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters saying they don’t plan to collect or spend more than $1,000 on their school board campaigns.

A separate group called Alameda Families for Tam, Mooney, Robles-Wong for Alameda School Board 2012 that supports the three candidates has raised $549 this year and had spent $14.22 as of September 30.

A disclosure form for the Alameda Education Association, which is supporting Herrera Spencer, Kahn and Murphy, was not available online when a reporter checked, though an earlier filing with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters shows the union’s political action committee raised $9,000 during the first six months of 2012 and had $29,482.91 at the end of the period. A union representative contacted The Alamedan on Monday afternoon to say the form had been filed, and that the union had made $3,248.39 in non-monetary contributions to the candidates it is supporting.

J. Michael McCormick is the only Hospital Board candidate to pass the $1,000 threshold, taking in $1,534.86 so far this year and spending $2,096.55. The incumbent board member received a $750 contribution from the East Bay Pulmonary Group, which includes his fellow board member Robert Deutsch, and a $135.86 loan from his wife, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. He listed his main expense as repayment of his $1,847 candidate filing fee.

Board President Jordan Battani and Leland Traiman and Tracy Jensen all filed forms that said they didn’t plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 on their campaigns.

Separately, Protect Our Alameda Parks – the group that is campaigning for Measure D, which would require voter approval of proposals to trade or sell park land – took in $11,120.47 in cash between July 1 and September 30 and has taken in $27,250.57 in cash and loans this year.

The measure’s backers include real estate broker Marie Kane, who has contributed $1,091.38; Recreation and Park Commissioner Lola Brown; City Councilman Doug deHaan’s wife, Gail; and Greenway Golf, the company the city chose to lease and operate the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The campaign has also received more than $12,000 in loans from Reyla Graber, a retiree.

The next set of disclosure forms is due on October 25.

The candidates' disclosure forms are posted below. Forms were obtained from the Alameda City Clerk's online database and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.