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David Oro 2018

David Oro

If the winner of the American Canyon City Council race was determined by fundraising alone, David Oro would finish first by a landslide.

Oro, who is seeking his first full term on the City Council, raised more than $12,000 in less than a month, according to the latest reports filed by candidates.

The reporting period covering Sept. 23 to Oct. 20 also showed Oro has raised more money than any of the five candidates running for two available seats. Since July 1, he has collected $26,752 in monetary contributions.

The next closest to Oro in terms of raising money is incumbent Mark Joseph, who collected just under $4,000 during the Sept. 23-Oct. 20 period and a total of $13,181 since July 1.

Challenger Pierre Washington reported raising $1,884 during the most recent period, while Robert Vega raised $200 in cash contributions.

Both challengers have relied more on personal loans to finance their campaigns. During the first reporting period (July 1-Sept. 22), Washington loaned his campaign $8,000, while Vega loaned his election effort $5,293.

Neither of them reported new loans on their latest Form 460s. Washington did report $500 in previous loans was either repaid or forgiven.

The fifth candidate, Jason Kishineff, again did not file a report because he declared at the beginning of the campaign that he would not raise or spend more than $2,000, the legal threshold for filing reports under state election law.

Oro’s latest Form 460 filing showed he received $1,500 each from Farmers Insurance Agent David Dreiling and from Fairgrounds Mobile Estates. He also received $1,000 contributions from Christopher Wendel, president of Volta Charging; the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association; Firefighters Local 1186 PAC, and Oat Hill R.V. Park.

Joseph’s top contributors were Adobe Lumber ($1,250), Firefighters Local 1186 PAC ($1,000), District Council of Iron Workers ($500) and Napa-Solano Counties Central Labor Council ($500).

Washington’s biggest contribution was $500 from Cesar Mercado, retired Navy, according to his report. He also received $100 from Mayor Leon Garcia and former City Councilmember Joan Bennett.

Garcia and Bennett also gave $100 each to Vega.

In addition to raising more money than his opponents, Oro was the only candidate to report an ending cash balance in the red as Oct. 20. His campaign account was -$2,154.

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American Canyon Eagle editor

Noel Brinkerhoff has been editor of the American Canyon Eagle since 2014. Prior to that he covered state politics in Sacramento for the California Journal.