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Fundraising for Pleasanton candidates holds steady during final election days

Original post made on Oct 28, 2020

In the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 general election, most Pleasanton candidates aspiring for public office positions in several races either held steady or made up for lost time when it came to fundraising.

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Posted by Sandi Cerros
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2020 at 4:55 pm

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Holey Moley - is Jerry running for Congress? $43,000 for a Pleasanton election. I looked up the Lincoln Club ($1000 donation) Web Link and they support Trump/Pence and a Republican ticket with Jerry Pentin plus Randy Brown ($750 donation) so I guess they are Republicans too. The tax measures are all a No votes at the Lincoln Club, is it a Tea Party with Trump mixed in? Sorry - neither one of you is getting my vote. The Republican party (GOP) added another $300 to Jerry's war chest.

To top it off, the cigar shop that had Jerry's signs in the window on Santa Rita is writing him checks? The front window is filled with "vaping" labels. Sorry I am a democrat and I was on the fence but not any more, it is no vote for me.


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Posted by Rishabh Raj
a resident of Las Positas
on Oct 29, 2020 at 9:56 am

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@Sandi Cerros

While Pleasanton's local races are technically supposed to be nonpartisan, there is a pretty clear divide among the candidates on party lines.

Pentin, Brown, and (removed because it was false) are all Republicans. Karla Brown was formerly Republican but is now independent/no party preference.

I think the rest of the candidates (Monith Ilavarasan, Zarina Kiziloglu, Nancy Allen, Valerie Arkin, Chiman Lee, and Jarod Buna) are all Democrats, but some are more progressive than others.

The partisan divide is an interesting indicator of how much fundraising each candidate has. The Republican candidates have massive war chests funded by PACs and special interests. The Democratic candidates run different campaigns.


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Posted by Sandi Cerros
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm

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@ Rashabh

You forgot to mention the developers too love "investing" in their elected officials who like building new homes. I thought I remember reading that Balch worked as a CFO and CPA for a huge builder and developer. That may be how he got the huge war chest.

Definitely thinking of going in another direction for my votes.


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