Menlo Park: Carlton, Mueller lead council election fundraising


Menlo Park City Council incumbents Catherine Carlton and Ray Mueller lead in fundraising in the Nov. 8 election for two council seats, based on campaign finance reports for the period July 1 through Sept. 24. The reports were released Oct. 3.

Ms. Carlton reports raising $12,754 and Mr. Mueller, $11,123, in cash contributions. Challenger Cecilia Taylor reports raising $924 in cash during the same period.

Catherine Carlton

In addition to cash donations, Ms. Carlton reports loaning her campaign $5,000 and receiving nonmonetary contributions valued at $1,225. She reports spending about $7,298. Her top donors are:

● David Bohannon, Menlo Park resident and president of David D. Bohannon Organization, $2,500.

● AJ Oxley of Gilroy, vice president of Ciarra, a construction company, $1,500.

● SILVAR (Silicon Valley Association of Realtors), based in Sunnyvale, $1,000.

● Jason Chang, Palo Alto resident and COO of CS Bio, a Menlo Park-based biotech company, $950.

She also received wine valued at about $720 from Joel Butler, executive at W.L. Butler Construction.

Ray Mueller

Mr. Mueller reports spending $3,838. He has set a contribution limit of $500 from any donor who lives or has property or business interests in Menlo Park. Excess contributions beyond that amount were returned to Jason Chang of CS Bio and Tod Spieker of Spieker Co. Inc.

"I just feel comfortable seeing the limit at $500," Mr. Mueller said.

In addition to Mr. Chang and Mr. Spieker, donors at the $500 cap include Steven Westly, former state controller and venture capitalist; Ted Schlein, venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Kimberly LeMieux of Laurel Homes, an interior design business; and Bob McGrew, Menlo Park resident and entrepreneur.

Mr. Mueller said he does plan to make an exception and will accept a $1,500 contribution from Jim Wagstaffe, his former law school professor.

Cecilia Taylor

Cecilia Taylor reports receiving a total of $1,304, including nonmonetary contributions. She reports spending $1,186.

Her campaign's top donors are:

● Terri Epidendio, Belle Haven resident, $350.

● Sheryl Bims, Belle Haven resident, $200.

● Diana Reddy, an affordable housing advocate in Redwood City, $100.

Pamela Jones, Belle Haven resident and mother of Ms. Taylor, contributed about $379 in in-kind donations of campaign supplies.

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