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Singer, Yook spend more

A majority of seats on the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors are open but the money is on the only countywide race, the battle for the office of district attorney, in the June 5 primary.

Appointed incumbent Barbara Yook has received $28,438.46 for her campaign, including $16,836 of her own money. 


Her largest independent contributors in the March 18 to May 19 filing period are November Whiskey Management Services, a Modesto customer service and billing contractor, and Laurie Woods Kastanis, of Portola Valley, at $1,000 apiece. She has spent $23,595.98, almost entirely on printing and advertising.

Her challenger, attorney David Singer, has raised $13,374, including $12,000 of his own cash. His largest independent contributor is landowner and one-time lottery winner Dennis Sanfilippo, who gave $250. Other notable contributions include $100 from former County Chief Building Official Ray Waller and his wife Sharon, and $50 from Assembly candidate Rico Oller. Singer has spent $12,243.33, primarily on flyers and print ads.

The Board of Supervisors race most flush with cash is in District 2.

Chris Wright, of Rail Road Flat, has raised $16,435 to lead the way with his largest contribution in the past two months being $1,410 from Collective Patient Resources, a San Andreas medical marijuana collective. Other notable contributors are Congressman John Garamendi ($250) and his wife Patricia ($100), Patricia Noll-Wilensky, the wife or retiring District 2 incumbent Steve Wilensky ($100), the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill ($200 in gift certificates for auction) and O.A.R.S. in Angels Camp (two American River raft trips for auction valued at $588).

Wright’s nearest competitor is Bryce Randall, of West Point. Randall has raised $8,857, including $6,839 of his own money. His largest independent donor is Valley Springs retiree Jim Teicheira, who gave $500.

Michael Dell’Orto, of Mokelumne Hill, has raised $2,636.57, including his own $1,700. His largest independent donor is Ronald Matulich, of Horseshoe Mining in Drytown.

Russ Thomas, of Copperopolis, continues to lead the District 4 race in campaign cash. Thomas has raised $9,012, including $1,450 of his own money. His largest individual contributor in the past two months is Abdulkadir Nur, owner of Deeqa Construction in Annandale, Va. Another notable donor is Concord developer DeNova Homes, which has done projects in Copperopolis and Angels Camp, at $100.

Incumbent Tom Tryon has raised $7,623, including his own $500. His largest contributors in the past two months are $250 each from Sierra Pacific Industries and Steve and Sharon Sorce of Angels Camp.

Close behind moneywise in the race, Debbie Ponte, of Angels Camp, has raised $6,385.82. Ponte has received $1,000 from Angels Camp rancher Walter Valente and another $250 from San Andreas rancher John Tiscornia, who both have been vocal in opposition to incumbent Tryon’s stance on the Highway 4 “Wagon Trail” realignment and are major landowners in the area of the proposed project.

In District 1, incumbent Gary Tofanelli had not updated his campaign finance disclosure by Thursday’s deadline. Challenger Cliff Edson, of San Andreas, has raised $5,415.45, including $1,634.45 of his own cash and in-kind sign donations. He has received no other contribution greater than $100 and lists 32 anonymous donors giving between $20 and $99.

District 2 candidate Tom Swartz, of Paloma, and District 1 candidate Joe Kelly, of unincorporated Angels Camp, have not filed campaign financial disclosure forms.

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