With less than two weeks until Election Day, parent Kathy Jordan and incumbent President Ken Dauber are maintaining their fundraising leads in the Palo Alto Board of Education race, campaign finance reports show.
Jordan raised $14,719 during this reporting period, which covers Sept. 23 through Oct. 20. She has raised a total of about $52,000 to date, including $250 she loaned her own campaign, according to her campaign finance documents.
She received large donations from Rebecca Fox, identified as a homemaker on the reporting documents, who gave $1,000; and William and Lucetta Ganley in Florida, who Jordan said are related to her husband, who donated $2,000.
Jordan also received $500 contributions from parents Carol Chan and Mudita Jain. She also received donations from nine Google employees, totaling $1,400.
Jordan has spent $33,472 on advertisements, mailers, polling, web design and video production, with about $8,400 remaining in her campaign coffers.
Dauber, the current school board president and the only incumbent running for re-election, raised $10,252 during this reporting period. He has also made two significant personal loans of $1,500 and $5,000, bringing his total contributions to date to $30,729.
Dauber received an injection during this period from larger donations, including from Krishna Bharat, the founder of Google News ($1,500); Bryan Baker, a manager at Google, where Dauber works as a software engineer ($1,000); sitting board member Todd Collins ($499); psychologist Janet Dafoe ($500); and retired engineer Alan Stivers ($500).
Other supporters of Dauber's campaign include parents and community volunteers, including Gina Dalma, the vice president of government relations at Silicon Valley Community Foundation who ran for a seat on the school board in 2014 ($100); Lars Johnsson, who started a grassroots effort to rename two middle schools in 2015 ($100); parent Sally Bemus, Dauber's campaign treasurer ($300); Rita Tetzlaff, whose analysis of large class sizes prompted the board to invest further in smaller classes; and Amado Padilla, Stanford University professor and former Palo Alto school board member ($250).
Dauber has spent about $14,000 on campaign literature, voter data and online fees. His campaign finance report shows an ending cash balance of $6,507.
Candidate Shounak Dharap, an attorney, raised the most after Dauber and Jordan, though special-education Stacey Ashlund is close behind. Dharap raised $6,431 during this period, his campaign finance reports show. To date for the election, he has raised $16,705.
Dharap received new contributions from local elected officials and community volunteers, including board Vice President Jennifer DiBrienza ($100), board member Todd Collins ($500), former board member Barbara Klausner ($250), former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt ($250), former Palo Alto Council of PTAs President Susan Usman ($100) and former Utilities Advisory Commission chair Jon Foster ($150). Dharap received a large $1,000 donation from parent Katie Shade, who is on the Palo Alto High School PTSA executive board, his campaign finance report shows.
The Peninsula Democratic Coalition gave $100 to Dharap's campaign.
Abi Karlin-Resnick, the executive director of Health Connected -- whose sex-education curriculum, which Palo Alto Unified uses, was the subject of controversy last year -- also gave $100 to Dharap.
Dharap spent about $2,500 during this reporting period on lawn signs, printing and website fees. He has just under $8,000 left in his campaign coffers.
Ashlund raised $6,358 during this reporting period, bringing her total contributions to date to $21,670, including $100 she loaned her campaign. She has spent the majority of her cash, on advertising, mailers and flyers, with an ending balance of $1,630 for this period.
Donors to Ashlund's campaign include H. Lee Caswell, the husband of board member Melissa Baten Caswell ($150); former board member Camille Townsend ($200); Marci McCue, the chief marketing officer for Flipboard in Palo Alto ($500); Catherine Crystal Foster, who ran for a seat on the board in 2014 ($150); and former board member Klausner, now the executive director of after-school mentoring nonprofit Dreamcatchers ($250).
Ashlund's largest contribution during this reporting period came from Preeva Tramiel, an author who gave $1,000.
Recent Paly graduate Alex Scharf raised $300 during this period, with a $200 contribution from Paly parent Keith Ferrell and $100 from Stephania Kaneda, identified as a retired manager from Cupertino on the campaign finance disclosures.
Scharf's finance report shows an ending cash balance of $21. He spent $618 during this reporting period on a five-day newspaper advertisement.
A campaign finance report for candidate Christopher Boyd, the director of an after-school program, was not available online.
The five candidates are vying for two open seats on the school board.
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