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Which candidates for mayor of San José have raised the most money?

With ballots mailed to voters in about a week, San Jose candidates in six races have collectively raised more than $3 million in an election year that will be the most expensive in the city’s history.

In the highest-profile race, replacing Mayor Sam Liccardo, four major mayoral candidates have raised more than $2.2 million since last December, according to recent campaign documents, with Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez leading the pack. with more than $810,000. Chavez has loaned her campaign $20,000.

“I am honored to have the outpouring of support from residents in every San Jose neighborhood,” Chavez said in a statement. “It’s a sign that voters are looking for a mayor who has the experience to solve our housing, public safety and homeless problems.”

San Jose Councilman Matt Mahan, who led the first fundraising efforts in January, came in second with roughly $804,000. Mahan, who includes billionaire real estate developer John Sobrato among his supporters, made a personal contribution of $10,000 to his campaign last year.

“I’m excited about how many people contributed and how many people threw house parties and put up lawn signs,” Mahan told San José Spotlight, adding that more than 1,500 people contributed to his campaign. “There’s a lot of grassroots energy.”

The two candidates have also doled out a lot of money to make sure voters know their names. Chavez, a labor-backed candidate, has spent about $268,000 this year, including $60,000 on polls, another $60,000 on a campaign consultant and about $15,000 on campaign advertising in Vietnamese-language media. Chavez has more than $550,000 in cash on hand.

Mahan has spent more than $285,000 this year to reach voters of all demographic groups. Her campaign reports more than $488,000 in cash on hand.

Council Member Raúl Peralez, with the support of several council colleagues, has raised $376,000 since December. His campaign has spent roughly $166,000 this year, including more than $10,000 on television ads that will air next week. He said a recent fundraiser to celebrate his birthday gave his campaign a big boost. Peralez is lending his campaign $500 and still has $198,000 in cash on hand.

“We’re certainly not as high up as Cindy Chavez or Matt Mahan, but we have enough resources to be able to finish the campaign,” Peralez told San José Spotlight. “I feel really good about our run and how things are starting to pick up speed.”

Backed by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and the Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, Councilmember Dev Davis has raised $294.00. Davis, whose campaign has spent about $115,000 this year, said she’s happy with the current momentum. She lent her campaign $20,000 and still has $137,000 in cash on hand.

“This election is not necessarily about the dollars, it’s really about the support of individual voters,” Davis told San José Spotlight. “I feel comfortable with having made my own plan and working my own campaign in the way that I see fit.”

San Jose mayoral candidates Jim Spence and Marshall Woodmansee did not disclose any campaign documents.

Financial support in East San José

In East San Jose, Planning Commissioner and District 5 candidate Rolando Bonilla has raised approximately $164,000 in financial contributions since last year, dwarfing the fundraising efforts of his opponents.

“This campaign has been built on the idea of ​​hard work and dedication to the community,” Bonilla told San José Spotlight. “District 5 voters are clearly motivated not only by our vision, but also by the fact that we are actually backing it with work.”

Bonilla, embroiled in a scandal since domestic abuse allegations resurfaced 20 years ago, faces a call to drop out of the race—but said his campaign continues to move forward.

Four other candidates are also running to replace councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco, who is due to finish at the end of this year.

Nora Campos, a former assemblywoman who previously held the District 5 council seat, was second in fundraising with $97,700. Santa Clara County Board of Education President Peter Ortiz has raised $64,220. Andrés Quintero, president of the board of the Alum Rock Union School District, has raised approximately $56,000. Community leader HG Nguyen did not disclose any campaign donations.

District 7 challenger gains momentum

In Ward 7, incumbent Councilwoman Maya Esparza faces two Vietnamese rivals. East Side Union High School District board member van le continues to dominate fundraising efforts, putting up more than $113,000 in contributions since December. Le’s $20,000 loan also helped put her well ahead of the incumbent, whose campaign has raised roughly $91,000 so far.

“I think it shows that people want him to succeed this time,” Le told San José Spotlight, referring to several failed attempts to run for San Jose City Council. “I have never raised this much money in the past, but we have worked very hard and the community is giving me a chance.”

San Jose Fire Capt. Bien Doan has raised approximately $79,000 since December. He loaned his campaign $20,000.

The primary election is June 7. Ballots are scheduled to go out to voters on May 9.

Contact Tran Nguyen at [correo electrónico protegido] follow @nguyentrann on Twitter.

Editor’s note: Perla Rodríguez, wife of District 5 candidate Rolando Bonilla, is on the board of directors for San José Spotlight.

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