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News - November 3, 2010

Election 2010: Treasurer candidates digging into own wallets

In the runoff election for the office of San Mateo County treasurer/tax collector, both candidates have lent themselves significantly more money than they've raised in contributions.

The candidates are required to update the public on their expenses and income from donors who gave more than $100.

Sandie Arnott, the deputy treasurer and the leader after the votes were counted for the June primary election, lent herself $66,500, according to her Oct. 16 campaign finance report. She raised another $31,063 from 14 donors for a total of $97, 563. She has spent $95, 812.

Ms. Arnott's report lists nine donors of $500 or more: Keith Hoffman of Redwood City; Beverley Evans of Burlingame; Rommel Medina of San Bruno; and San Francisco residents Mila, Reull and Aubrey Medina, and Daniel Becco and Marilyn Nuqui.

Dave Mandelkern, who came in second out of a field of four candidates in June, borrowed $100,000 from himself for the campaign and raised $61,499 in donations from 42 contributors for a total of $162,499. He has spent $156,157.

Mr. Mandelkern's report lists 18 contributors of more than $500: former Congressman Paul McCloskey of Rumsey, California; (state Sen. Joe) Simitian for 2012 of Palo Alto; Philip Gregory of Redwood City; Nanci E. Nishimura and Joe Galligan for Treasurer, both from San Mateo; Richard Holober for Community College Board from Millbrae; Frank M. Pitre of Hillsborough; Burlingame residents Ara R. Jabagchourian, Nancy L. Fineman, Niall McCarthy, Mark Molumphy and Steven Williams; D.E. Cooley from Watsonville; San Mateo Building Trades Joint Council; Northern California Carpenters Regional Council; plumbers and steamfitters union locals in Concord, Fresno and Burlingame; and Citizens for Good Government out of Burbank.

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