The final campaign finance reporting period gives a unique snapshot of how some candidates are tackling the stretch run toward Nov. 6. Some burned through their cash between the Sept. 23 and Oct. 20 filing period. Some have a nice little nest egg ready to be deploy at the last minute. Below is the money scoreboard in the 15th and 16th Assembly Districts, Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, and Fremont.
Some highlights: Assemblymember Catharine Baker’s re-election has somewhat quietly spent more than $1.8 million this year against Democratic long shot Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. Buffy Wicks in the 15th District is close to surpassing the $1 million in spending soon.
In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf opened the floodgates over the past month, spending a whopping $240,000, while Cat Brooks raised more money during the final reporting period than anyone in all Oakland races. It gets more strange in Oakland’s open District 4 council race. Charlie Michelson suddenly dropped out of the race earlier this month. Finance reports show he was spending like someone with his eyes still on the prize, reporting $55,000 in expenditures.
Over in Alameda, the mayor’s race is not seeing much spending. The entire three-person field spent less than $10,000 total over the past month. The same trio raised together not much more. Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie has spent a city-high of more than $60,000 on his re-election this year. And in Hayward, the big figure that sticks out is Councilmember Marvin Peixoto’s 10-year campaign debt was increased another $18,000 to $68,300. Winning elections is likely costing him more than losing.
ASSEMBLY DISTRICTS 15&16