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The following article was posted on April 30th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 40 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 40

Money keeps flowing into the District 4 race

BY RHYS HEYDEN

Fundraising in the hotly contested three-way race for the District 4 seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has been robust in the past month.

Though the three candidates for the South County seat had raised a total of $267,308 from the race’s outset in August 2013 through March 17, 2014, they’ve raised at least $52,975.84 in total just between March 17 and April 27, according to campaign finance disclosures.

That figure is based on Form 497 disclosures, which require candidates to report all contributions that total $1,000 or more from a single source within 24 hours of the contribution. Small donations (less than $1,000) to any of the candidates aren’t part of that $52,975.84 figure, and won’t be known until a required disclosure date in late May.

Lynn Compton, a Republican and an agricultural businesswoman, led the way in fundraising, raising $31,975.84 in large donations between March 17 and April 27.

Significant donors to her campaign in that period include Compton and her husband ($1,450.84), Buck and Etta Waterfield of Santa Maria ($8,125), and the Cavalier Inn in San Simeon ($2,500).

Caren Ray, a Democrat, the current District 4 supervisor, and a teacher, raised $15,000 in large donations between March 17 and April 27.

Significant donors to her campaign in that period include the SLO County Democratic Party (two donations of $1,500), the SLO County Deputy Sheriff’s Association ($2,500), and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 639 ($2,500).

Mike Byrd, a Democrat and a real estate broker, raised $6,000 in large donations between March 17 and April 27.

The only two major donors to his campaign in that period were former Grover Beach Mayor Peter Keith ($5,000) and Arroyo Grande resident Trudy Jarratt ($1,000).

The primary election for the District 4 seat—which represents Arroyo Grande, Oceano, and Nipomo—is set for June 3.