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Modesto mayor out front in campaign fund-raising

No one’s trying to unseat Mayor Jim Ridenour this fall, but he’s raising money like someone’s chasing his heels.

Ridenour has $38,694 in his re-election treasure chest, far more than any other candidate running for the Modesto City Council in November.

He raised $35,750 between July 1 and September 27, according documents he filed this week.Councilman Garrad Marsh, who also has no challenger this fall, has $19,327 in his coffers. He raised $7,217 over the past five months.

Councilman Brad Hawn has $29,500 in the bank, nearly all of which came from a personal loan. He’s facing off against taxpayer advocate Tom Maher. Maher had no contributions to report.

The four men running to replace outgoing Councilman Bob Dunbar didn’t raise much money for their campaigns in the past reporting period.

Attorney Robert Farrace pulled in $2,673 from donors and took out a $5,000 loan. He said he raised another $5,000 since the reporting period closed, and he has a fund-raising party at Dunbar’s house tonight.

Business account executive Dave Lopez has chosen not to raise more than $1,000 for this campaign.

Airport neighborhood activist Robert Stanford raised $50, but he plans to seek out more donations.Electrician Brent Maynor had no contributions to report.

Fund-raising reports for other races are still trickling into the Stanislaus County Clerk’s office. They were due Thursday.