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Kellar Fundraising Picks Up

Posted: March 1, 2008 2:11 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
In the fight to snatch up one of the two open City Council seats in April, incumbent Bob Kellar leaped ahead in fundraising during the latest reporting period, according to campaign disclosure reports released Friday.

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 23, Kellar raised nearly $14,300, giving him a total of nearly $44,000 in the bank as he enters the final stretch of fundraising before the April 8 election.

Kellar said Friday that his supporters have hosted four or five fundraisers just in the last month.

"I know we're going to have some mailings out there and we'll try to do some positive outreach," he said.

Maria Gutzeit, a director on the board for the Newhall County Water District, is No. 2 in fundraising during the most recent filing period.

Gutzeit raised $4,500 in the last 54 days. She said she did not hold any fundraisers, but rather individually made phone calls to a network of individuals she knows.

She called her fundraising "slow and steady."

"I've done this before," she said. "It's kind of routine."

At $65,200, former Sheriff's Department captain Bob Spierer has the healthiest cash balance, with $4,000 coming from the last two months.

Spierer recently ordered bro-chures and mailings and is "going to start getting some bills very soon," he said.

Spierer has organized several "coffee gatherings" for people to meet with him over a cup of coffee to discuss the issues.

"We've got a couple more fundraisers in the pipeline and after that, rather than events, it's going to be by personal contact," he said.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Laurie Ender raised nearly $3,000 since Jan. 1 and has a cash balance of nearly $36,000.

Ender, who has expressed support for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's controversial expansion plans, had a list of contributors that included hospital officials, including CEO Roger Seaver.

When asked if she believes the contributions may be perceived as attempts to influence her position on the plans, she said, "I think all of the financial contributions that you will see are because people like the things that I'm saying.

"I think what usually happens during a campaign is when members of the public like what they're hearing from a candidate, that's what makes them decide whether or not to support them, endorse them or contribute to their campaigns."

Ender is holding a rally today at Bridgeport Park and said she will continue her efforts to involve families and those who don't normally vote in City Council elections.

"We won't slow down," she said.

With a little more than $25,000 in the bank and with less than $3,000 coming in from the last two months, Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman has raised the least of all the candidates.

"We expected to be more of a grassroots campaign," she said.

Trautman said she has at least one more big fundraiser in the works.

"I'm not really worried about it," she said. "There's a lot more to it than fundraising."

The candidates' March campaign disclosure forms will be due on March 27, which will include all fundraising from Feb. 24 to March 22.


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