Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley says
his opponent this June, Bryan Parker, better
bring his “A-game.”

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley re-election campaign received a shocking reorientation this week when campaign finance reports highlighted his challenger, Bryan Parker, significantly outraised him over the past three months.

Miley’s finance report showed his campaign with just $5,000 in the bank, but coupled with unpaid debt, it essentially placed his campaign $15,000 in the red just five months before the June 7 primary.

Miley dismissed any concern Wednesday following Parker’s $117,000 in contributions and $76,000 in cash reserves, the campaign reported this week.

“Bryan’s got to raise a lot of money because he’s not known,” said Miley, who has represented the diverse district that includes East Oakland, Pleasanton and much of unincorporated Alameda County since 2000. “I don’t have to raise as much money to be competitive.”

Many East Bay politicos agree with Miley’s assessment. Parker will need to put a considerable amount of energy into introducing himself to voters across the district, but Pleasanton residents, for instance, may not know Miley either. He has only represented the city since 2011 after county redistricting maps were redrawn.

Miley, though, is not surprised that Parker’s was able to raise so much money in such a short time based on his fundraising in the 2014 Oakland mayoral race. During that election cycle, Parker raised more than $300,000.

Miley said he raised a large number of donations in January, after the Dec. 31 campaign finance reporting deadline, but declined to offer a round number. “I raise it and I spend it,” said Miley. The campaign organized a large fundraiser on Jan. 30 at the Claremont Hotel.

With the likelihood high that the incumbent supervisor will face a competitive race for re-election over the next few months, Miley said he intends to run a strong campaign and won’t take anything for granted. “I don’t expect it to be handed to me on a silver platter. I never have,” said Miley, before referring to Parker “I hope he’s bringing his A-game, because I’m bringing mine.”