Tice-Raskin leads in Nevada County primary elections fundraising
Nevada County Superior Court Judge candidate Robert Tice-Raskin took in $53,460 in campaign contributions in 2014 for his successful five-way primary race — the most raised by far of any candidate in the June 3 elections.
Tice-Raskin, also the top vote-getter in the race, will face off Nov. 4 against the second highest vote-getter, Nevada County Assistant Deputy District Attorney Anna Ferguson. Ferguson raised $17,625 from Jan. 1 through the end of July, according to the Nevada County Elections Office’s final tally on campaign contributions released last week.
Tice-Raskin and Ferguson will appear at a public forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at the county’s Rood Center in Nevada City. The forum is one of a series organized by the League of Women Voters Nevada County chapter. Other forums, all at 7 p.m. at the Rood Center, are: Sept. 18, Grass Valley City Council; Sept. 25, Nevada County Board of Education trustees; Oct. 9, 1st District U.S. House of Representatives.
All primary election candidates, except for Superior Court Judge candidate Jeffrey Lake, turned in their final campaign finance reports by the July 31 deadline, said Elise Strickler, senior clerk-recorder assistant in the Nevada County Elections Office. The reports cover the last reporting period, as well as the cumulative contributions year-to-date from Jan. 1 through July 31.
“Mr. Lake has been notified and he is aware he is late,” Strickler said. “He said he will be filing his report soon.”
The next highest fundraiser in cumulative contributions was District Attorney candidate David Alkire, who took in $37,266. Alkire lost narrowly to incumbent DA Clifford Newell, who raised $27,267 year-to-date.
Grass Valley Mayor Dan Miller, a successful candidate for Nevada County Supervisor, District 3, was the third highest in campaign contributions with $33,365 year-to-date. Miller defeated incumbent Supervisor Terry Lamphier, who collected $22,592 from Jan. 1 through July 31.
In some of the key contributors mentioned in the final tallies, Miller received $7,000 in political action committee money, including: $6,000 from the Nevada County Contractors Association PAC, $500 from Americans for Good Government and $500 from the Republican Leadership Council. During the same period, Lamphier received $3,000 from PAC and union groups, including: $500 from Northern California Carpenters Union 46, $500 from Operating Engineers Local 3 District 80, $1,000 from California Real Estate PAC and $1,000 from Stationery Eng Local 39.
In other final tallies of contested races from Jan. 1 to July 31:
Nevada County Supervisor District 4
— Incumbent Hank Weston, who was re-elected, raised $21,717.
— Challenger Fran Cole took in $18,768.
— Challenger Jedediah Biagi did not reach the fundraising filing threshold.
Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
— Incumbent Holly Hermansen, who was re-elected, raised $15,016
— Challenger Paul Haas raised $3,233.
Other candidates for Superior Court Judge
— Angela Bradrick took in $9,138
— Jeffrey Ingram raised $5,437
Two political action committees were active locally during the primary elections and filed campaign contribution reports.
— Americans for Good Government, whose treasurer is Frances J. Freedle of Grass Valley, raised $23,464 during 2014 and spent $6,921 during Jan. 1 through July 31.
— Nevada County Contractors Association PAC, whose treasurer is Keoni Allen of Grass Valley, raised $24,990 from Jan. 1 through July 31, and spent $14,241.
The final tallies released last week do not include any campaign contributions made during 2013.
Information on primary election campaign contributions for U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, (R-1), who is running for re-election, and challenger Heidi Hall, a Democrat, is gathered through the California Secretary of State’s Office and was not immediately available. The Union will follow fundraising for those candidates at a later date.
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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