District 5 Supervisor candidates collecting big bucks
Contribution and expenditure information through Sept. 30 is in for Dick Lundy and Jon Kennedy. The hotly contested District 5 supervisor’s run-off election has both candidates collecting and spending like (almost) no other campaign in recent memory.
According to Melinda Rother, assistant clerk/recorder, who has been in the office for 15 years, “You don’t see people spending the kind of money we’re seeing here.”
Curious, Rother checked back through the records and found that in 2004, B.J. Pearson spent a whopping $58,165 in the District 1 supervisorial election, only to lose to Bill Powers.
In the current election, Kennedy received a total of $12,292 in contributions, including $7,932 in monetary contributions and $4,360 in loans.
Lundy brought in a total of $19,653.44, with $11,681 in monetary contributions, $972.44 in in-kind contributions and $7,000 in loans.
Lundy outspent Kennedy by $17,318.46, with Kennedy coming in at $8,021.02 in total expenditures to Lundy’s $25,339.48. Lundy owes $7,000 more than he has collected to date.
Lundy’s big donors include a laundry list of developers with local property interests. Lundy himself formed Lundy Engineering, Inc., more than 35 years ago. He’s been involved in planning, designing and building a number of local developments.
Kennedy’s one large donor is an in-home care workers union. The California United Homecare Workers supports candidates throughout the state, and chose Kennedy from Plumas County after interviewing him and Ralph Wittick. (Wittick was eliminated from the race in the June primary.) Lundy didn’t interview.
Kennedy has run a variety of businesses of different sizes and types, some successful, some not. He has also served as a mediator. He believes this experience helps him connect with a broad spectrum of community members.