Incumbent mayor Bates has raised $84,339 for his re-election campaign, 70% more than his two leading challengers. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Incumbent mayor Tom Bates has raised nearly 70% more than his two most prominent challengers combined, according to the latest campaign filings available through the City Clerk’s election portal. In the first three weeks of October, Bates raised $28,913 taking his total to $84,339. Councilman Kriss Worthington raised $8,459 in the period, bringing his total to $27,489. Jacquelyn McCormick garnered $5,970, for a total this year of $22,480.

In the heated District 5 race between incumbent Laurie Capitelli and Sophie Hahn, the two candidates are closely matched in fundraising, with less than $2,000 separating their totals. Capitelli has dramatically outspent Hahn in the three-week period, $8,356 to $3,492, nearly catching up with Hahn’s earlier spending.

In other races, incumbent Darryl Moore has vastly outraised his challengers, Denisha DeLane and Adolfo Cabral, in District 2, and incumbent Max Anderson has raised nearly double the amount challenger Dmitri Belser has raised in District 3, although Belser has stepped up both fundraising and spending in the first three weeks of October.

In the school board race, however, incumbent Beatriz Leyva-Cutler lags behind both Judy Appel and Tracy Hollander in both fundraising and spending. Leyva-Cutler raised $4,135 in the three-week period, but that takes her total to $10,685, nearly $5,000 behind Hollander and a little more than half of Appel’s total. Both Appel and Hollander spent more than $10,000 in the three weeks, while Leyva-Cutler spent just over $1,000. But Leyva-Cutler now has more cash on hand than Hollander, and nearly as much as Appel.

Some of the 10 measures on Berkeley ballot have also seen vigorous fundraising in the reporting period (full details of the money supporting or opposing all the measures can be found on Voter’s Edge, which Berkeleyside created together with MapLight). Supporters of the sitting ordinance, Measure S, raised $35,450 in the three weeks, largely thanks to five $5,000 donors, bringing to $90,900 the total amount raised. Most of those funds come from property owners along the Shattuck Avenue corridor, including Panoramic Interests, which donated $10,000, First Shattuck, which also gave $10,000, and NFLP Berkeley Center (owners of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza).

The owners of Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley donated to Mayor Tom Bates’ re-election campaign

Somera-Sansome Ventures  (co-owner of 2190 Shattuck, the store housing the new Walgreen’s) Hirahara Family Partnership (owner of 2197 Shattuck, the former site of Walgreen’s), Bollibokka Shattuck, LLC, the owners of the historic Wells Fargo Bank building at 2144 Shattuck, and Martin Investments, which owns the New California Apartments at 1988 Martin Luther King (which houses Trader Joe’s) all also gave $5,000.

The anti-S campaigners raised $7,729 in the same period, including $1,500 from the ACLU of Northern California, $1,000 from the Socially Responsible Network, and individual donations of $1,000 each from two attorneys.

Measure T, which would change some of the zoning for West Berkeley, saw an influx of $21,168 from Doug Herst in support, and $9,709 in opposition, largely from small donors, but with $4,000 from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and $1,000 in a loan from Cathleen Quandt.

Opponents of Measure U, the so-called Sunshine Ordinance, which had raised no money before October, pulled together $10,200, including a loan of $5,000 from Leni von Blankensee and $1,000 from Councilman Gordon Wozniak. Supporters of Measure U had previously raised nearly $21,000.

The pools measures, N and O, raised $15,015 in new funds, including $5,000 from Local Union #595 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $4,000 from the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, and $2,000 from the National California Carpenters Regional Council Issues PAC.

Ranked choice creates uncertainty in mayoral race [10.25.12]
District 2 city council race is battleground for Measure T [10.23.12]
Anderson and Belser vie for District 3 council seat [10.18.12]
Capitelli, Hahn go head to head in Berkeley’s District 5 [10.11.12]
Five Berkeley mayoral candidates face off at neighborhood forum [10.02.12]
Berkeley on course for $250,000 election [10.08.12]

Visit Berkeleyside’s Voter’s Edge Berkeley for complete coverage and tracking of the city’s 10 ballot measures. Visit Berkeleyside’s Election 2012 section to see all our coverage in the run-up to Nov. 6.

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...