The two top spending candidates in the Menlo Park City School District race, Scott Saywell and Alka Gupta, have each spent close to $7,000 but both either loaned or contributed the bulk of their funding to themselves, according to campaign finance reports for the period through Oct. 22.
Mr. Saywell reported he had spent a total of $7,100 by Oct. 22, with $8,150 of his total of $10,225 in campaign fundraising coming as a loan from himself.
Candidate Caroline Lucas reported spending $2,851 by Oct. 22, with total campaign fundraising of $3,078. She reported receiving $454 in loans from her husband, Joe Giarrusso.
Contributions to Mr. Saywell's campaign between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22 came in the form of a $500 in-kind newspaper advertisement from Realtor Keri Nicholas of Alain Pinel (whose residence was not listed on the campaign form); $200 from Olivia Martinez, retired, of Dallas, Texas; and $100 from three people: Ellen Kitamura, a community volunteer from Menlo Park; Tricia Barr, in business development at Adobe Systems, of Menlo Park; and Josh Becker, CEO of Lex Machina, from Menlo Park.
Ms. Gupta's reported contributions between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22 include: $7,000 from herself; $1,000 from Bhavin Merchant, a strategy consultant from Fremont; $250 from Darr Gerscovich, a senior VP of marketing for DroneDeploy, from Menlo Park; $150 from Kelly Fergusson, an executive at OpTerra Energy Services, from Menlo Park; and $100 from four people: Ramkumar Agrawal, retired, from Sylvania, Ohio (total contributions to date of $200); Jesal Merchant, a consultant, from Fremont; Patrick Nadol, a scientist at the Center for Disease Control, from Dulles, Virginia (total contributions to date of $150); and Josh Becker, CEO at Lex Machina, from Menlo Park.
Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 22, Ms. Lucas reported receiving $1,600 in contributions from Peter Carpenter, retired, from Atherton (total contributions to date of $2,600); $250 from Mary Elizabeth Suhr, a senior vice president of Morgan Stanley, from Menlo Park; and $100 from JoAnne Goldberg, senior managing partner at Mission Cntrl, from Menlo Park.
Candidate David Ackerman said earlier that he is not accepting contributions and will spend less than $2,000 so he does not need to file campaign finance statements.
Scott Hinshaw, who filed to run and will appear on the ballot, withdrew from the race on Sept. 23 and said he cannot serve if elected.
Candidate spending was for law signs, mailings and campaign materials, and voter files.