Which City Council Candidate is Getting All the Campaign Cash?

When it comes to campaign fundraising, Dan Helix is head and shoulders ahead of the rest — by about $50,000.

The money is flowing in for Concord City Council Incumbent Dan Helix. The city councilman running for a another term — his second, this time around, but fourth in total — has raised $72,599 since Aug. 1, the Contra Costa Times reports. That's more than $50,000 ahead of any of the 11 other candidates.

Helix, who first served on the council in 1968 and again in 2010, told the Times that the cash flow comes from "having friends of many years." He lists his accomplishments as a member of the city council on his website, including helping balance the budget, keep the police department intact, creating Concord's anti-truancy ordinance and being involved in the decisions surrounding the Naval Weapons Station.

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According to finance reports beginning July 1 and ending Sept. 30, the most generous givers to the Helix campaign were the owners and employees of Concord Disposal Service, with donations totalling $7,600. Concord Disposal has long held a contract with the city for disposal services.

The candidate with the second highest campaign pot was Planning Commissioner Tim McGallian, who now has a total of $20,505. His donors also include the Concord Disposal Service owners, the Garaventa family, who contributed $4,000. 

The Concord Police Officer Association has endorsed Helix and McGallian and donated $1,500 to each candidate.

According to the financial reports analysed by the Times, the other city council candidates stand as follows:

  • Carol Longshore: $7,050
  • Ed Birsan: $6,353
  • Terry Kremin: $775
  • Alany Helmantoler: $300
  • Harmesh Kumar: $100
  • Suzanne Davis-Lucey reported no contributions.
  • Robert David Camacho and Marnie Sheehan-Carter did not submit financial reports to the City Clerk's office.

Birsan and Kumar are funding their own campaigns, with running totals of $68,941 in expenditures for Birsan and $38,353 for Kumar. Some of the money spent has come from a carry-over from previous campaigns, according to the two candidates.

Terry Kremin October 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I have received $775 in donations, but have/will put up about $3000 of our own money as well. I bring that up as I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my wife Darcy for helping squeeze this out of our tight budget for something I believe in. Couldn't do all this with out you!
Emily Henry October 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Thanks for sharing that information, Terry. I believe I met your wife at one of the final concerts in the park. She was busy handing out your cards along with one of your daughters. Looks like a family effort!
louise gee October 12, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Tim McGallian and Dan Helix clearly have community support as demonstrated by their donations.
Terry Kremin October 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I have to agree, to an extent: they are certainly well connected and supported by the good old boy network, companies, and organizations. I would have to disagree on whether that constitutes general community support as I believe it is ALL the residents that count and need represented on the city council, not just the people with money and connections.
Robert David Camacho October 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Dear Patch Readers, Robert Camacho is committed to a grassroots campaign, he made the decision not to form a campaign committee and not ask for political contributions. Robert Camacho wants to build community first in Concord without the pressures of special interests fundraising. I appreciate your support November 6, 2012. Robert David Camacho www.robertcamacho.org http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/cc/vote/camacho_r/paper1.html


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