Hayward Mayoral Candidates Post Unremarkable Fundraising Numbers

Aisha Wahab’s campaign for the Hayward City Council reported a startling $42,524 in campaign contributions received since mid-February. The amount is more than double the combined donations reported this year by the incumbents in the race–Councilmembers Sara Lamnin and Marvin Peixoto.

Wahab, a young and well-known Democratic Party activist in Southern Alameda County and the Tri-Cities Afghan community, reported cash on hand of $41,363, with just $1,160 in expenditures through the early goings of the Hayward at-large council race.  Wahab’s total also includes two loans totaling $6,424.

The exceptional early financial showing is likely to not only fuel her upstart run for the council, but more importantly, give notice to potential donors and labor unions that her campaign is viable. Her campaign finance report is primarily composed of a large number of small donors, although, a majority from outside of Hayward.

Lamnin, up for re-election this year for the first time, posted $14,932 in contributions since the beginning of the year, while spending $9,551. Lamnin’s re-election war chest reported a cash balance of $28,234 through June 30, with no loans.

Three unions contributed to Lamnin during the reporting period: Operating Engineers Local 3 ($750), Construction and General Laborers Local 304 PAC ($1,424), and Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 3 PAC ($150). Lamnin also received $1,424 from Good Government Now!, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce’s PAC.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, State Sen. Bob Wieckowski, Fremont Councilmember Raj Salwan, and San Leandro Councilmember Benny Lee made small donations to Lamnin’s re-election campaign.

Meanwhile, Peixoto reported $7,679 in contributions, including $1,424 from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce PAC. His campaign spent just $354 during the six-month reporting period. Most notably, he reported a total of $50,300 in debt accumulated from council campaigns in 2008, 2010, and 2014.

Peixoto’s finance report, while notably paltry is nonetheless unsurprising for a candidate who has typically not raised significant amounts of fundraising over the years, despite two successful campaign for the council in 2010 and 2014.

The fourth in what has the potential for a sparsely populated field of candidates in Hayward, Didacus Ramos, reported $753.07 in cash on hand on contributions of $530 and $755 in expenditures. Ramos also reported $913 in loans to his campaign.

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Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday and Councilmember Mark Salinas are heading toward a rematch of their 2014 race.

Hayward’s intra-council mayoral campaign between Mayor Barbara Halliday and Councilmember Mark Salinas, meanwhile, does not appear to be inspiring much enthusiasm, based on the mid-year finance reports. The race is a partial rematch of the three-way mayoral race in 2014.

Halliday received $14,587 in contributions through June 30, and spent just $4,803. Her total cash on hand is $30,161. The campaign also lists $13,000 in personals from prior campaign years.

Salinas was not far behind, reporting $15,154 in donations, along with $556 in expenditures, for a total cash reserve of $22,974, through June 30. Salinas’ campaign reported no debts.