With incumbent Councilmember Dona Spring raising $13,000 and challenger Raudel Wilson raising just under $12,000 as of Sept. 30, the District 4 candidates have more modest and more equal campaign war chests than candidates in the Districts 7 and 8 races, where funds raised by challenger George Beier mount to $44,000 and funds raised by Councilmember George Wozniak are at $34,000. Their challengers Kriss Worthington and Jason Overman, according to the Oct. 5 reporting, raised about $19,00 and $14,000 respectively.
Spring raised about $4,000 during the reporting period of July 1 to Sept. 30. Wilson raised about $7,000 during the same period. Wilson raised 20 of 42 contributions in donations of $200 to $250 and Spring raised more of hers in the lower figures—13 of 24 contributions were $1 to $99.
Berkeley has a $250 contribution limit.
A bank manager, Wilson underscores that his contributions from realtors and developers are not as significant as his neighborhood and non-profit support. Contributions from realtors and those listing their occupations as property owners each contributed $250. They include: William McNab, self-employed property owner; James Mitchell of Gordon Commercial; Miriam Ng, Roman Fan and Robert Richardson of Korman & Ng real estate, and Richard Robbins of the Warsham Property Group.
Downtown developer Patrick Kennedy contributed $250.
Residents of District 4 who contributed to the campaign include Jon Vicars, a property manager, Edward Peters, a construction manager, Stephen Lakatos, a pilot and Sherry Markwort, owner of Paperworks.
Persons working in non-profits include Robert Dixon, administrative director of the YMCA, Phyllis Montz, database manager at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and Gina Moreland, executive director of the Habitot Children’s Museum.
Spring’s contributions include two organizations: the East Bay Auto Machinist Local No. 1546 and the Progressive Democrats of the East Bay.
Among the District 4 residents contributing to the campaign are: Transportation Commissioner Wendy Alfsen, writer Marianne Robinson, journalist Jean Tepperman, retiree Anna Marie Taylor and Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Jill Korte.
Contributors working at the university include Alan Gould, a UC educator and Carol Jan David, a UC benefits counselor.
Spring’s endorsers include the Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Green Party of Alameda, Supervisor Keith Carson, Assemblymember Wilma Chan, Berkeley Unified School District directors Joaquin Rivera and John Selawsky and District 4 residents Chloe Choudry, Jill Peale, Claire Bove and Stephen Wollmer.
Wilson’s endorsers include the Berkeley Democratic Club, and the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. District 4 residents supporting Wilson include Michael Cappon, owner of Kitchen on Fire, Peter Levitt, owner of Saul’s Restaurant and Deli, Molly Gales, owner of Classroom Matters, Bruce Tanaka, mechanic and Jane Jansen, restaurant manager.