In 2016 a new candidate (currently running for re-election) raised over $13K to get elected. This included $3,000 from a local swim coach, $500 from another Trustee's campaign fund and $500 from a current PUSD teacher.
For 2020 one new candidate has already raised $14K in two months (period ending 6/30 so likely much higher by now). That's about 2/3 of the stipend, for the entire term, if elected.
Money has always influenced state and national elections. Office seekers become beholden to those who can provide the needed dollars to get elected. It's sad to see our city elections now have financial requirements that may preclude some good candidates from running.
Stay informed about how much candidates are raising and who is contributing to their campaigns.