Fundraising for the Palo Alto Board of Education race has yet to heat up, with the candidates' newly released campaign finance statements showing little activity for the first six months of 2018.
Newcomer Shounak Dharap, a lawyer who graduated from Gunn High School in 2008, has raised the most through the end of June, with $2,500 in his campaign coffers. His mother, Chanda Dharap, and sister, Tanvi Dharap, contributed $500 and $100, respectively. Laura Jefferson, Dharap's wife (also a Gunn graduate) and an office manager at an artificial intelligence startup in Palo Alto, made a monetary contribution of $100 and $50 in website services.
Michelle Vierra, a marketing specialist who lives in Atherton, gave Dharap $500 and $167 in website services.
The only activity so far for incumbent Ken Dauber, the current school board president, was to forgive loans from his 2014 campaign. He forgave $3,852 and his wife Michele, $800. His campaign finance statement shows an ending cash balance of $1,645.
The only financial contribution on parent Kathy Jordan's statement is a $250 loan she gave her own campaign.
Stacey Ashlund, a special-education parent and advocate, has not raised any money to date.
Candidate Alex Scharf, a 2015 Palo Alto High School graduate, said that he has not received or spent any money yet (except on a campaign statement), as he formed his campaign committee in mid-July.