Kevin Valine

Modesto News: Cash rolls in for mayoral runoff election

Modesto mayoral candidate Ted Brandvold, left, looks at election results with volunteer Jon Tillotson on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.
Modesto mayoral candidate Ted Brandvold, left, looks at election results with volunteer Jon Tillotson on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

In the race to become Modesto’s next mayor, challenger Ted Brandvold raised slightly more campaign cash than incumbent Garrad Marsh in the most recent reporting period.

Brandvold raised $23,713 and lent his campaign $12,500 for a total of $36,213 from Oct. 28 to Dec. 19, according to his campaign finance form filed with the city. Marsh raised $21,488 and received a noncash contribution of $673 for a total of $22,161.

But Marsh retains a commanding fundraising lead. His campaign finance form shows he has raised $90,255 since the beginning of the year, and he had $74,625 on hand from the prior year, for a total of $164,880. Marsh had $64,580 left as of Dec. 19. Brandvold entered the race Aug. 7 – the last day in which a candidate could do so — and has raised $48,628 and had $33,078 left as of Dec. 19. The funds are spent on such campaign expenses as signs, mailers and consultants.

The two were among five mayoral candidates in the Nov. 3 election. Marsh was the top candidate, with 39 percent of the vote. Brandvold came in second with 30 percent. The two are in a Feb. 2 runoff election because no one received more than 50 percent of the vote. The runoff will be handled by mail. Ballots are expected to be mailed to voters starting Monday.

Brandvold, 56, is a former planning commissioner, architect and owner of Commercial Architecture. He has been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Modesto City Fire Fighters Association and the Modesto Police Officers Association.

Brandvold’s most recent campaign finance forms show he received $2,000 from MPOA; $250 from former Councilman Dave Cogdill Jr.; $1,500 from Stanislaus County supervisor and county Republican Party chairman Jim DeMartini; and $1,000 each from former county supervisor and Solecon Industrial Contractors CEO Jeff Grover and Don’s Mobile Glass president Stephen Mort. Prime Shine Car Wash owner Norm Porges gave $100.

Brandvold also received $475 from PMZ Real Estate CEO Mike Zagaris and $500 from his wife, Marjorie; and $485 from PMZ Real Estate Executive Vice President Jon Zagaris and $505 from his wife, Grace. The California Real Estate Political Action Committee gave $1,250, and Chuck Bryant with the Christian-based Pinnacle Forum gave $2,700.

Marsh, 67, owns McHenry Bowl and has served on the council for nearly 12 years, the first eight as a councilman. He is seeking his second term as mayor.

Marsh’s most recent campaign finance form shows he received $100 each from former Modesto City Schools board member Odessa Johnson, former councilman and farmland advocate Denny Jackman, and the Central Valley Democratic Club; $300 from former Modesto Irrigation District board member Tom Van Groningen; $250 from Valley Lexus; $550 from Mistlin Honda; and $500 from attorney Thomas Hogan.

Marsh also received $1,000 each from Paul Mitchell Schools and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 684; $2,000 each from the Latino Political Action Committee of Stanislaus County and MTC Distributing; and $3,250 from the California Real Estate PAC. Two colleagues who served on the Planning Commission with Brandvold contributed to Marsh – Sandra Lucas gave $400 and Chris Tyler gave $500.

The campaign finance forms list contributions of $100 or more. To learn more about who else contributed to Marsh and Brandvold, go to The next campaign finance forms are due Jan. 21 and will cover Dec. 20 through Jan. 16.

Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316