Challenger Jesse Ladomirak continues to lead fundraising in the Palo Alto school board race, receiving about $7,700 during the most recent reporting period, which covers Sept. 20 through Oct. 17, according to campaign finance reports.
Incumbent and current board President Todd Collins received about $2,400 in contributions during this reporting period. His campaign has raised nearly $20,000 to date, including a $10,000 loan in August from his wife, Elisabeth Einaudi.
Challenger Karna Nisewaner raised $2,125 this period for a total to date of about $10,200. She has spent nearly all of her campaign funds, with $184 remaining.
Another challenger, Matt Nagle, is not accepting campaign contributions and is instead asking people to donate to nonprofits he is passionate about or has connections to.
The recent contributions to Ladomirak, a district parent and co-owner of a San Francisco remodeling company, bring her campaign total to just over $28,000 to date. Donors during this reporting period included Human Relations Commissioner Steven Lee, who's running for City Council ($500); former Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki ($250) and the Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley ($100).
Ladomirak spent close to $17,000 during this period, primarily on advertising, door hangers and mailers. She has about $7,500 remaining in her campaign coffers.
Causey, a district graduate and community advocate, has raised about $12,000 to date. During this most recent period she received donations from Palo Alto City Council candidate Carolyn "Cari" Templeton ($100), state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo ($150), Assemblymember Evan Low, D-Cupertino ($150) and Susan Kulawik ($1,000), a senior research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. Democratic Activists for Women Now, which works to elect Democratic, progressive and pro-choice women, gave $500 to Causey's campaign in late September.
Causey has just under $2,000 remaining in her campaign coffers.
DiBrienza, who is seeking a second term on the board, has raised a total of about $21,400 to date. Her donors this reporting period included district parent Sara Armstrong ($500), former school board member and Stanford Graduate School of Education faculty member Amado Padilla ($100), Palo Alto University President Maureen O'Connor ($100) and former school board member and Parents Place director Heidi Emberling ($100).
The Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley also supported DiBrienza with a $100 contribution and Democratic Activists for Women Now, $500.
DiBrienza spent about $3,500 this period, mostly on advertising, with about $1,700 left.
Collins, who is also seeking a second term, received contributions from entrepreneur Asher Waldfogel ($950); Preston Smith, co-founder and CEO of charter school organization Rocketship Public Schools ($50); and Barbara Klausner, former school board member and former director of nonprofit DreamCatchers ($250). Collins spent about $15,000 during this reporting period and has about $2,300 left in his campaign coffers.
The campaign for Measure O, the schools parcel tax, raised just under $34,000 during this period, with donations from school PTAs and the teachers and classified employees unions as well as a district law firm, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, which gave $7,500.
The Yes on O campaign has raised about $103,000 to date.