Adam Christianson’s re-election campaign for Stanislaus County sheriff has attracted five times as much money as that of his challenger, Deputy Tom Letras.
As of the end of the latest reporting period three weeks ago, Christianson, seeking a third four-year term, had amassed $81,332 in donations and spent $79,840. Contributions before 2013 leave his campaign with $24,560 yet to spend before the June 3 election, not counting other donations that continue to pour in.
The bulk of Letras’ $16,481 came after former candidate Tori Hughes, a department lieutenant serving as police chief in Patterson, who dropped out of the race early this year.
By Jan. 1, Hughes had raised $12,168. She cited unspecified medical concerns when she suspended her campaign a few days later. At that point, Letras had raised $2,810, and Christianson was outpacing both with $58,257 – nearly three times the combined total of his challengers.
Letras, 41, obtained a few donations from deputies and former department employees. Other donors include Robert Lynch ($1,700) and Peter Dompe ($1,000).
Christianson, 51, got $500 from former Sheriff Les Weidman and $200 from the campaign of Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin.
The sheriff also received:
The sheriff gave donations from his campaign account to several causes, including:
Hughes’ contributors included several current and former department employees, Newman Mayor Ed Katen ($100) and former Riverbank Mayor Virginia Madueño ($200).
See Sunday’s Modesto Bee and www.modbee.com for a comprehensive look at the sheriff’s race.