Dobbie leads in fundraising, spending in Atherton council race


Incumbent Jim Dobbie has a large lead in fundraising and spending in the race for three seats on the Atherton City Council, recently released campaign finance statements show.

The statements, submitted by all four candidates, cover the period from July 14 to Sept. 30.

Mr. Dobbie raised $14,131 during that period; the sum includes a $1,400 loan to himself. He has spent $9,877.

Among Mr. Dobbie's largest donors were Robert Wilson, Joan and Elmo Sanders, and O.L. Hoch, all of whom donated $1,000 each. He also received a number of $500 donations; they came from Herman Christensen, Isobel Christensen, Marcia Wythes, Paul Wythes, and Alicia and James Seebold (jointly).

Challenger Bill Widmer raised $9,840 during the reporting period, a figure that includes a $1,000 loan to himself. He has spent $6,896.

Herman Christensen and Isobel Christensen each donated $1,500 to Mr. Widmer's campaign. Marcia Wythes and Paul Wythes each donated $750, and current Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis and William Zappettini each donated $500.

Incumbent Jerry Carlson raised $6,147 during the reporting period, and spent $3,053. His statement lists him and his wife, Shirley, as a $500 contributor.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis and her husband, Joe Lewis, donated $500 to Mr. Carlson's campaign, as did Greg Conlon, Jeff Wise, Steve Dostart, and Mervin Morris.

Challenger Cary Wiest raised $1,376; that figure includes an $876 loan to himself. The only other donor listed on his statement is the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, which contributed $500.

The candidates must submit updated campaign spending forms by Oct. 21.

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