Most of the candidates actively campaigning for the Modesto City Schools board had collected several thousand dollars as of Sept. 21, the last reporting deadline. Then there’s Brett McBay with more than $40,000 in his account, including a $20,000 loan to himself; $7,000 from a local physician and $3,000 from the Olsen for Assembly 2014 campaign treasury. McBay works as a district rep for Kristin Olsen.
With Nancy Cline stepping down, the school board is left with just one social conservative, Cindy Marks. McBay is tapping the conservative well as the replacement conservative, at least among the six people vying for the four, four-year seats. His donors include a number of well-known Republicans: Supervisors Jim DeMartini and Dick Monteith, former City Councilman Brad Hawn; attorney George Petrulakis; and insurance man David Wright.
The Modesto Teachers Association’s political action committee is the single largest donor for several candidates, giving about $2,000 a piece – McBay not among them – in cash or signs and support. The next financial campaign reports are due Thursday.Some people barely know there is an election Frank Bigelow stands out in the state Capitol
Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president of the Family Research Council, wrote an op-ed praising Cannella’s legislation as “an important step toward safeguarding the privacy and reputation of persons who could be seriously harmed by publication of illicit photographs.” The new law, although not the senator himself, also was mentioned in an Oct. 12 New York Times editorial.Earlier this month, a permanent exhibit