News - February 10, 2010

Local donors to Assembly race

by Sean Howell

Local residents are shelling out big bucks to the three candidates in the race for the 21st District Assembly race: Josh Becker, Rich Gordon, and Yoriko Kishimoto.

Many of Mr. Becker's local contributors are involved in venture capital and tech companies. Mr. Gordon draws from a range of tradespeople, real estate interests, doctors, attorneys, financial workers, and retirees, while environmental advocates and teachers have lined up behind Ms. Kishimoto.

Names of a few local city officials and newsmakers showed up on the list of contributors in the campaign finance period ending Dec. 31. Menlo Park Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson donated $250 to Ms. Kishimoto, with whom she has joined in the past on environmental and high-speed rail-related issues. Menlo Park Councilman John Boyle and City Attorney Bill McClure contributed $250 and $500, respectively, to Mr. Gordon's campaign.

Audrey Rust, president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, gave $800 to Mr. Gordon, while Valerie Gardner, active in Atherton's volunteer environmental programs committee, chipped in $100 to Ms. Kishimoto's campaign.

Here is a list of local donors who contributed at least $1,000. The maximum donation is $3,900.

Josh Becker's campaign: Teymour Farman-Farmaian of Menlo Park, Zynga general manager ($3,900); Gary Kreman of Menlo Park, chairman of Clean Power ($3,900); Joe Ross of Menlo Park, Cisco Systems ($3,900); Sheryl K. Sandberg of Atherton, ($2,000); Amy E. Cheun of Menlo Park, volunteer ($1,000); Patrick Jabal of Menlo Park, Google ($1,000); Michelle Sandberg of Atherton, physician ($1,000); Laura Lauder of Atherton, venture capital ($1,000).

Rich Gordon's campaign: Sherrilyn A. Fisher, real estate manager ($3,900); Alison S. Elliott of Menlo Park, Stanford administrator ($3,900); Steven Blank of Menlo Park, Stanford lecturer ($3,900); Dennis J. McShane of Menlo Park, physician ($3,900); Steve Westly of Menlo Park, The Westly Group ($2,500); Roberta Carcione of Menlo Park, homemaker ($1,000); Vivienne Virani of Menlo Park, interior decorator ($1,000); Thomas Bailard of Atherton, investment management ($1,000); Joan Sanders of Atherton, not employed ($1,000); Robert B. Flint Jr., of Woodside, retired ($1,000).

Yoriko Kishimoto's campaign: Nancy Yoshikawa of Atherton, Environmental Protection Agency ($3,900); Aki Yoshikawa of Atherton, chairman of Global Health Consulting ($3,900); Keiko Franklin of Atherton, not employed ($1,000); Ken Fong of Menlo Park, venture capital ($1,000).

Source:, the Web site of the California Secretary of State.


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