Newcomer top fundraiser among Modesto council candidates

kvaline@modbee.comOctober 26, 2013 

Newcomer Tony Madrigal is the top fundraiser among the nine candidates running for three seats on the Modesto City Council in the Nov. 5 election.

He has raised nearly $25,000, according to the most recent campaign finance forms, which the candidates turned in to the city Thursday. Madrigal has raised more than twice as much as his two opponents in the race for the council’s District 2 seat. Modesto elects its council members by district.

Businessman Bill Zoslocki – one of the four candidates in the District 4 race – is a close second behind Madrigal, with $24,319 in contributions. Zoslocki also has raised more than twice as much as his opponents.

The most recent campaign finance forms cover donations and expenses for the period of Sept. 22 through Oct. 19. The forms include the total amounts candidates have raised since the beginning of the year. The next campaign finance forms are due Oct. 31.

Highlights from the council races:

DISTRICT 2 encompasses downtown, and west and south Modesto. District 2 Councilman Dave Geer is not running for re-election.

•  Madrigal, 40, is a substitute teacher and former union representative and two-term member of the Santa Cruz City Council. He grew up in Turlock and Denair and moved to Modesto in December. He has raised $24,997. Some of his largest contributions include $2,000 from the Operating Engineers Local 3 Political Action Committee, $1,649 from attorney Tai C. Bogan and $1,000 from the Northern Regional Council labor organization.

•  Jon Rodriguez, 26, farms 110 acres of almonds with his grandfather. He has raised $8,818 for his campaign, including $1,000 from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and $500 from Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini.

•  Juan Telles, 23, is a community organizer and volunteer and seasonal worker at a winery. He has raised $2,236, including $100 from attorney and Modesto City Schools board member Ruben Villalobos.

DISTRICT 4 encompasses the LaLoma area and southeast Modesto, including the airport neighborhood. District 4 Councilman Joe Muratore is not running for re-election.

•  Rickey McGill, 63, is a retired educator and correctional officer. He has raised $9,405 for his campaign, with much of that his own.

•  Juan Melgoza, 31, sells skin care products on eBay. He has raised $2,268, with all of the contributions coming from family members.

•  Ryan Schambers, 21, is a security guard and college student. He has said he will spend about $50 on his campaign.

•  Zoslocki, 60, ran for mayor in 2011. He’s a former president of the Building Industry Association of Central California, a longtime builder and a real estate broker. His $24,319 in contributions include $1,000 each from the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and American Chevrolet, $750 from attorney George Petrulakis, $500 each from former county supervisor Ray Simon and DeMartini, and $300 from Glen Berteau Ministries.

DISTRICT 5 is north-central Modesto. Incumbent Stephanie Burnside is facing challenger Jenny Kenoyer. The race is a repeat of the 2011 election in which Burnside beat Konoyer and another candidate.

•  Burnside, 41, is the chief financial officer of Burnside Body Shop. She has raised $19,915. Her contributions include $2,500 from the Modesto City FireFighters Association, $500 from the Modesto Police Officers Association and $1,000 each from Petrulakis, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and David Halvorson, owner of American Chevrolet.

•  Kenoyer, 78, is a retired nurse. She has raised $9,209, with about half of that coming from a loan she made to her campaign.

The Safer Stronger Modesto, Yes on X campaign has not turned in its most recent campaign finance form. Measure X is a 1cent sales tax the city placed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Not including the amount raised during the period of Sept. 22 through Oct. 19, the campaign has raised more than $106,000, with nearly $92,000 of that coming from the Modesto City FireFighters Association and the Modesto Police Officers Association. Mayor Garrad Marsh has contributed $5,000, and the Modesto Junk Co. has contributed $2,500.

The No on Measure X – Tough Love for Modesto campaign had raised $600 as of Sept. 21.

For more on how much the candidates have raised and who has contributed to their campaigns, go to www.modestogov.com/ccl/campaign_statements/2013%20Election.asp.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or (209) 578-2316.

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