Incumbent Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza has raised by far the most campaign money among candidates vying in the three Napa County supervisor district races on the June 6 ballot.
Pedroza leads in fundraising in District 4 with $184,624, Ryan Gregory leads in District 2 with $66,327, and Belia Ramos, the only candidate so far in District 5, reports raising $53,715.
Wine giants, business people and just plain citizens are giving money to the candidates, who recently filed required economic papers for last year with the county Registrar of Voters.
Here’s a sampling of where the money is coming from and who is getting it.
Pedroza is running against challengers Diane Shepp and Chris Malan. He reported raising $184,624 last year, of which $175,919 came in cash and $8,705 in non-monetary contributions.
Over the course of the year, he received donations totaling $7,500 apiece from V. Sattui Winery Inc., Castello di Amorosa winery and Renteria Vineyard Management, $7,300 from Craig Hall of Hall Wines, $6,000 from Napa-based Altamura Enterprises and $5,500 from Charles Wagner of Caymus Vineyards.
Other cumulative donations include $4,100 from Florencia Palmaz of Palmaz Vineyards, $4,700 from Silverado Resorts and $4,000 from J&D Company. The Secretary of State’s office lists James Syar as the agent for J&D Company. Syar is president of local Syar Industries.
Shepp reported receiving $22,208, all in cash. She received $2,500 from Grupp Family Vineyard, $2,500 from Cynthia Grupp, $1,000 from former county Supervisor Virginia Simms, $1,000 from Julia Winiarski and $500 from Get a Grip on Growth.
Malan reported raising $1,000, all from heavy equipment salesman William Dal-Molin.
Incumbent Supervisor Mark Luce, Ryan Gregory, Derek Anderson and James Hinton are running for the 2nd District seat.
Gregory reported raising $66,327, of which $58,673 is in cash and $7,654 is in non-monetary contributions. The vice president of Napa-based RSA + is running for local office for the first time.
He received $5,000 apiece from Altamura Enterprises, Realtor Steven Gregory, Sonoma RSA, and San Antonio-based SVW Air. The website TexasCorporates shows the officers for SVW Air are Julio and Amalia Palmaz of local Palmaz Vineyards.
Among his other donations were $1,000 apiece from Greg Cole of Cole’s Chop House, city of Napa Planning Commissioner Gordon Huether, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery and Arik Housley, owner of Ranch Markets. He had a few dozen donations in the $100 to $300 range.
Luce reported raising $46,928, of which $40,428 was cash and $6,500 was non-monetary contributions.
He received $5,000 apiece from Altamura Enterprises, Castello di Amorosa, Christian Palmaz of Palmaz Vineyards and V. Sattui Winery. Other donations included $3,750 apiece from Craig Hall and Kathryn Hall of Hall Wines and $1,000 apiece from Lenawee Trust, Steve Moulds of Moulds Family Vineyards, Stagecoach Vineyards and Betty Woolls.
Anderson reported raising $13,239, of which $13,174 is cash and $65 is nonmonetary contributions. He gave himself $12,639.
Hinton didn’t file a form, which he doesn’t have to do if he raised and spent less than $2,000.
American Canyon City Councilwoman Belia Ramos reported raising $53,715, of which $51,715 was cash and $2,000 was non-monetary contributions. No opponent has entered the race, with incumbent Supervisor Keith Caldwell saying he won’t seek reelection.
She reported receiving $5,000 from Conn Creek Investments of Rutherford, $5,000 from George Altamura, $2,500 from Caldwell and from V. Sattui Winery and $1,000 from Ghisletta Vineyards and from Lito Auto Body of Napa.
People have until March 11 to file to run in the June supervisorial races. If the incumbent fails to file, the deadline is extended to March 16.