Local donors to Assembly race


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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