MERCED — Since Sept. 21, incumbent Mayor Stan Thurston has collected more campaign dollars than his opponent, but Councilman Noah Lors coffer is still more than $33,000 heavier, according to the final documents due before Election Day.
Thurstons latest contributions equaled $4,223, for a total of $23,632 for the year. Thats compared to Lors $3,759 in recent donations and yearlong total of $57,101.
All of the candidates for mayor and Merced City Council were required to file campaign contribution forms by the close of business Thursday. The paperwork was to include contributions through Oct. 19.
Thurstons most recent contributions were $2,000 from Merced Motel-Hotel Association; $500 from Yosemite Avenue Partners of Merced; $500 from Merced Police Officers Association; $500 from Brawley Enterprises of Merced; and $723 in amounts of $100 or smaller.
Money given to Lor recently includes $750 from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.; $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers of Modesto; $500 from Merced County Democratic Central Committee; $200 from Minnesota-based attorney Fue Thao; and $495 in contributions smaller than $100.
Five of the eight City Council candidates filed itemized statements. Candidates Alex Gallardo Jr., a teacher; Peter Padilla, a State Farm Insurance agent; and Monica Kay Villa, a homemaker, informed the city clerks office they are not accepting $1,000 or more in contributions, which exempts them from filing an itemized list.
Candidate Michael Belluomini, the retired director of facilities planning for the Merced Union High School District, brought in the most money of council candidates during the filing period with $6,142. His total contributions for the year is $11,987.
Belluomini most recently received $2,214 from Citizens for the Betterment of Merced County; $500 from Berent Isenberg of Merced; and $3,428 in donations under $500.
Since late October, Merced County Sheriffs Sgt. Kevin Blake, who also is running for council, received $5,140 to raise his yearlong total to $15,679.
Donations include $500 from Peace Officers Research Association of California of Sacramento; $500 from PG&E.; $500 from Merced County Democratic Central Committee of Sacramento; $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers of Sacramento; $500 from Merced Police Officers Association; $500 from Northern California Carpenters of Oakland; and $1,340 of donations in smaller than $500 increments.
Candidate Jana Mowrer, a home health care manager for Lamerson Landy Care, has garnered $3,457 in recent donations. Her total to date is $8,201.
The most recent donations to Mowrer include $750 from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee of Los Angeles; $500 from Robert Akema of Le Grand; $500 from Anna Akema of Le Grand; and $1,107 in amounts smaller than $100.
Incumbent Councilman Josh Pedrozo has received $26,053 to date, which was increased most recently by $5,646 in contributions.
Pedrozo recently received $1,000 from the California Real Estate PAC of Los Angeles; $500 from Merced Motel-Hotel Association; $500 from Hanimireddy Lakireddy of Merced; $500 from Merced County Democratic Central Committee of Sacramento; $500 from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers of Modesto; $500 from Anchor Valley Properties of Berkeley; and $1,946 from donations less than $500.
Candidate and UC Merced lecturer Chris Ramirez has most recently raised $4,231 to raise the years total to $11,085.
His latest contributions were $1,000 from himself and $3,231 from donations of fewer than $500 each.
Election Day is Nov. 5.
Sun-Star staff writer Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or email@example.com.