Departing Mayor Sweeney gave to Halliday, Salinas Campaigns, not Zermeño

Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney: no 
invite, no donation.

HAYWARD | MAYOR | Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney made small contributions to the campaigns of two of the candidates hoping to replace him this June, but not the third, who like the others, is a colleague on the City Council.

Since the beginning of the year, Sweeney contributed $198 to the mayoral campaign of Councilmember Barbara Halliday’s campaign and $150 to Councilmember Mark Salinas’ campaign, according to finance reports released this week. That leaves out Councilmember Francisco Zermeño, who is also running for the seat.

Voters shouldn’t look too much into the matter, said Sweeney, Zermeño simply didn’t invite him to one of his fundraisers. “I told each of them when they have a fundraiser, send me something and, if I can’t attend, I’ll send some money. I never got anything from Francisco,” Sweeney said with a shrug following Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Francisco Zermeño

Zermeño declined to comment, but wrote one word in a response on Facebook: “Interesting.”

When Salinas was asked about the potential slight against Zermeño’s campaign, he, too, declined to comment, but grinned, nonetheless. Halliday was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting following the recent passing of her mother.

Upon announcing he would not seek re-election last year for a third consecutive term, Sweeney made clear he would not make an endorsement in the race. All three candidates have respected Sweeney’s wishes, he said, and have not since made overtures for his endorsement. A fourth candidate, Rakesh Kumar Christian, is also a candidate for mayor.

Categories: 2014 Election, Barbara Halliday, campaign finance, Francisco Zermeno, fundraiser, Hayward, June primary, Mark Salinas, Michael Sweeney

12 replies

  1. Probably because Zermeno is from South Hayward.


  2. I have spoken with several politicians about Zermeno and the consensus is that he is likable, but an idiot.

    In my humble opinion, the next mayor of Hayward should be some new blood not any of these recycled candidates.


  3. Vote for none of the above.


  4. I think Halliday is the most conservative, which is a stretch. We'll probably end up supporting her.


  5. I will vote for none. Good bye Sweeney..the corrupt and stupid with no accomplishments.


  6. Halliday is a very poor choice!


  7. They're all very poor choices!


  8. The thing about this is you have to choose one… the lesser of the evils. We dont want recycled politicians but the choices are those of people with prior experience. you always have the right to do a Write in Candidate


  9. Write in none of the above. I wish someone would become a write in candidate, and so do a lot of Hayward voters.


  10. The 3 stooges lead by a retiring Sweeney right of the cliff on the union issue. All of the collective years of experience of the 3 mayoral candidates has not produced a single candidate with vision, ideas, or leadership skills. There is a chance to have 3 new members on the city council if Piexoto loses and Halliday is elected Mayor. This is the best opportunity to change the city's direction.


  11. Halliday is horrible—-no can do.


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