HAYWARD MAYOR/COUNCIL Money is being poured into the Hayward City Council race at a greater pace than even its mayoral campaign. Union-backed council candidate Rocky Fernandez lead everyone after quickly raising over $26,000, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. Hayward restaurant owner Julie McKillop has also raised over $25,000 for a chance to win the two open seats on the City Council. None of the three council members running for mayor come close to this figure over the past few months. Barbara Halliday leads with $13,162 in recent fundraising, followed by Francisco Zermeno with $11,137 and Mark Salinas at $10,421. Zermeno, however, reported the largest amount of cash on hand with $21,834; Salinas, $17,046; Halliday, $12,132. Meanwhile, Councilmember Marvin Peixoto maintains the smallest war chest of almost every candidate in either race, except for Rodney Loche, with $2,612 in remaining funds. Similarly, Peixoto raised just $4,492 during the past reporting period, yet he is still viewed as a front runner for re-election.
CONGRESS DISTRICT 17 Republican Vanila Singh trashed her Democratic opponents Rep. Mike Honda and Ro Khanna on Thursday for being unethical. “The residents of District 17 deserve better from their representative and those that aspire to be it,” she said “As a medical doctor, I swore an oath to hold myself to the highest of ethical standards, and I will be bringing that standard with me to D.C.” Singh, a medical doctor, was referring to allegations Khanna’s campaign recruited candidates to undermine the primary race, in addition, to piggy-backing on a claim made by Khanna that Honda used taxpayer-paid franking privileges to send constituents campaign-related mailers. “There are reasons that when asked, people rank doctors as significantly more trustworthy than Congressmen and lawyers, and unfortunately we are seeing those reasons in full effect throughout this campaign,” said Singh. In addition, she threw in another jab asserting Khanna is a candidate simply searching for a soft landing in Congress.
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 18 Republican David Erlich doesn’t have any campaign fundraising to speak of, but that doesn’t mean he will take money from anybody. Earlier this week, Erlich, the only candidate in the race to unseat Assemblymember Rob Bonta, turned down a $500 contribution from the Alameda County Republican Party after learning the source of some of the money came from Charles Munger, Jr. by way of the Santa Clara County GOP. Despite, Munger’s significant role in funding conservative causes in the state, Erlich said he “stands for nothing.” He also believes Munger’s real intention is to destroy the state GOP. There appears to be a conservative groundswell against Munger in other neighboring counties. The San Joaquin County GOP recently passed a resolution forbidding them from accepting Munger’s money. Regardless of the June 3 primary results, Bonta and Erlich will again face each other in November.