Councilman Tony Madrigal is the top fundraiser among the seven candidates running for three seats on the Modesto City Council in Tuesday’s election and has raised about $88,000 as he seeks a second term, according to the candidates’ most recent campaign finance forms.
The six other candidates have raised more than $60,000 combined. Madrigal also was a prolific fundraiser when he ran in 2013, raising nearly $42,000. He has brought in about $130,000 for his two council campaigns.
Madrigal is seeking re-election in Council District 2, which encompasses downtown and south and west Modesto. He is being challenged by teacher and community organizer Homero Mejia and Yosemite Community College District trustee and farmer Jon Rodriguez.
The other seats in Tuesday’s election are council districts 4 and 5. District 4 encompasses southeast Modesto, and incumbent Bill Zoslocki faces challenger and Realtor Tyler Ray. District 5 encompasses north-central Modesto, and incumbent Jenny Kenoyer is being challenged by Joe Day, who has a doctorate in biophysics and has his own Web and Internet services company, which is called KNXU Communications.
Madrigal has been raising money for his re-election since 2015, according to his campaign finance forms filed with the city. And he has received contributions from an array of donors.
The larger contributions include $2,000 from Lyons Investments, $2,500 from the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, $1,000 from the Northern California District Council of Laborers, $1,000 from the DoubleTree Hotel, and $2,250 from Modesto land-use attorney George Petrulakis. Madrigal also has received $2,500 from Stockton state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani’s 2018 campaign committee for the State Board of Equalization.
Mejia reported raising $19,046. Rodriguez filed paperwork with the city stating he would raise less than $2,000 for his campaign.
Those who have contributed to Mejia’s campaign include Modesto Councilman Doug Ridenour ($100), Gallo Center CEO Lynn Dickerson ($125), Modesto technology management company DataPath ($1,000) and Ryan Swehla with the commercial real estate firm NAI Benchmark ($198).
Mejia also has received contributions from Modesto psychologist Phil Trompetter ($250), Berkeley writer Carol Davis ($3,000), Sutter Gould Medical Foundation physician Vian Younan ($1,000) and recently retired Marshall Elementary School teacher and Stanislaus Youth Soccer League co-founder Teresa Incocencio ($250).
Zoslocki has raised $24,707, which includes $8,000 he loaned to his campaign. Ray filed paperwork stating he would raise less than $2,000.
Zoslocki’s contributors include the Modesto Police Officers Association ($2,000), Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini ($500), Modesto Councilman Mani Grewal’s Grewal 2012 Hospitality Group ($250), Florsheim Homes ($1,000) and consulting firm Newman-Romano ($1,000). He also received $1,500 each from the Lyons family’s Mapes Ranch, Lyons Investments and Lyons Land Management.
Kenoyer has raised $17,481, while Day, her opponent, reported he has loaned his campaign $700.
Kenoyer’s contributors include former Mayor Garrad Marsh ($1,000), the Modesto Police Officers Association ($2,000), the Berberian Cos. ($1,000), Mapes Ranch ($750), Lyons Investments ($1,000), Lyons Land Management ($500) and Mary Lyons ($250). Kenoyer also has received $100 each from Councilman Doug Ridenour and farmer Ray Ratto and $200 from former Hughson Mayor and beekeeper Matt Beekman.
Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316