Richard Holober collects $30,885By Heather Murtagh
School board races traditionally do not bring in the big budget finances some city council candidates require, but Richard Holober, incumbent trustee with the San Mateo County Community College District board continues to lead the campaign race with $30,885 collected.
The campaign finance papers for school board positions throughout the district are showing most candidates have a budget of a couple thousand topping off at $13,000 except for Holober. Holober previously said he is exploring a run for state office when Assemblyman Gene Mullin, D-South San Francisco, is termed out in 2008. While his current focus is serving as a community college district trustee any money left over from this election can be put toward another one in years to come.
The majority of Holober's funds, $21,385, come from donations. Notably he received $3,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union, $2,000 from the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, $2,000 from the American Federation of Teachers, $1,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union for a total donation of $2,000 thus far. He also collected $250 from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, $250 from Mullin, $100 from the California Conference Board and $100 from the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council.
The San Mateo Community College District has two four-year seats open with four candidates running: Holober, Helen Hausman, Maurice Goodman and Jack Hickey. Candidates not planning on spending more than $1,000 during their campaign do not need to file paperwork. Of the remaining candidates, only Hausman filed paperwork.
Hausman boasts a $13,881 campaign purse, with $7,784 coming from donations. She collected $1,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union.
In the San Mateo-Foster City School District race, only three of the seven candidates running reported their budgets. Three four-year seats are up for grabs in this district.
Lory Lawson, an executive director for the community leadership program, has $10,097.98 collected all from donations.
Ellen Mallory Ulrich brought in $5,697 all from donations.
Cathy Rincon got most of her $2,542.34 from loans. She did receive $100 from outgoing board member Phyllis Moore.
Although the money raised isn't that high in the Millbrae School District race, it is one of the few races where all four candidates filed. The race has three seats up for grabs with all three incumbents vying to stay.
Caroline Shea raised $4,174, all from donations. Marjory Luxenberg raised $3,595, but only $95 came from donations.
Robert Miller boasts $2,420 for his campaign, all from donations. Miller received $100 from Millbrae City Councilwoman Nadia Holober.
Frank Barbaro, the only new blood running, raised $1,542.30.
San Carlos School District has similar numbers. The district has three seats open and four candidates running.
Local business woman Carrie Du Bois leads the way with $9,710, $6,710 from donations. Incumbent Beth Hunkapiller raised her entire $6,000 budget from donations.
Graphic designer Lorene Lederer collected $5,270 only $20 more than incumbent Mark Olbert. Olbert, however, received all his money from donations.
The donation trend continues in the Burlingame School District race, however most donations came from the candidates themselves. Five candidates are vying for three open four-year seats.
Attorney Mark Intrieri collected $3,869, all of which he donated to himself. Incumbent Marc Friedman raised his $2,950 budget the same way.
Liz Gindraux boasts a $2,374 budget. She collected $300 in donations from locals and donated the rest to herself.
Gregory Land filed paperwork that said he has not raised any funds.
The Hillsborough race showed some unique paperwork as three of the five candidates filed together.
The committee to elect Julie Borden, Shawn Christianson and Mary Ellen Benninger collected $3,560 mostly in small donations ranging from $25 to $100.
Education attorney Greg Dannis brought in $9,045 all from donations.
In the Redwood City School District race only two of the three people running for the two four-year seats filed paperwork.
Maria Diaz-Slocum collected $3,279 all in donations. She received $100 from San Mateo County Controller Tom Huening.
Patricia Wright brought in her $2,855 budget through donations as well. She collected $100 from San Mateo County Supervisor Jerry Hill.
Only one of the three candidates running for the two four-year seats in the Sequoia Union High School District filed paperwork, Gordon Lewin. Lewin collected $8,568 from donations. He received a $500 donation from San Carlos School Board member Eric Von der Porten.
Only one of the five candidates vying for three four-years seats in the San Bruno Park Elementary School District filed paperwork, James Prescott.
Prescott raised $2,689, $500 came from loans.
Copyright ©2005 San Mateo Daily Journal. Published 11/01/2005.