Hayward Councilmember Al Mendall reported
more than $35,000 in cash available for 
the June election.

If cash is king in Hayward, and that’s a big if, then Councilmembers Al Mendall and Elisa Marquez could be on their way to victory this June.

Mendall reported $35,865 in cash on hand to top the field of 10 candidates seeking four open seats on the Hayward City Council. But, while Mendall has cash to play with over the final six weeks of the campaign after raising $12,685 this year–third highest in the race–according to finance reports, he’s spent noticeably less for the amount of cash available to his campaign, just $7,367 since the first of the year. One reason: Mendall still holds $20,094 in campaign debt and among the candidates, by most accounts, his place in the top four is the most likely.

Hayward Councilmember Elisa Marquez has
proven to be an excellent fundraiser during her 
first official city council campaign.

Marquez, who was appointed two years ago to fill out Mayor Barbara Halliday’s council term, continues to pace the field in both contributions and spending. Her first campaign for the city council raised $25,692 over the past four months while spending $16,325, the highest amount on both ledgers. In addition, Marquez reported $34,980 in cash on hand for the stretch run to June 7, and with no campaign debt.

Meanwhile, there is a significant drop off in campaign activity within the rest of the field. Former Councilmember Mark Salinas holds less than two-thirds the amount of available cash of Mendall and Marquez, and while Councilmember Francisco Zermeno was the second-biggest spender since Jan. 1 with $14,338 in expenditures, his remaining cash is just $3,807 with $16,000 in personal loans to his campaign.

Conversely, first-time candidate Matt McGrath, a former Hayward city department director, raised an impressive $13,467 during just the first few months of his campaign.

Below is the totals from the most recent campaign finance reports, covering Jan. 1 through April 23. A second pre-primary finance report will be due May 28: 

            | JAN 1-APR 23 |
HAYWARD CC       IN      OUT     CASH    DEBTS
MENDALL     $12,685  $ 7,367  $35,865  $20,094
MARQUEZ     $25,692  $16,325  $34,980  $     0
SALINAS     $11,280  $ 6,118  $12,317  $     0
MCGRATH     $13,467  $ 7,908  $ 5,559  $     0
TAYLOR      $ 2,113  $ 2,504  $ 4,617  $     0
ZERMENO     $14,515  $14,338  $ 3,807  $16,000
SCHOTT      $ 5,246  $ 2,383  $ 2,383  $ 5,394
GRCICH      –no report–
RAM         –no report–
ROLLINS     –no report–