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February 1, 2012
Sacramento City Hall candidates raised $1 million in 2011

It was a huge fundraising year for City Hall candidates.

The 15 candidates involved in the City Council and mayoral election in June raised just over $1 million in 2011, campaign finance records released today show. Most of that was the $554,923 in cash brought in by Mayor Kevin Johnson for his re-election campaign.

Candidates for City Council brought in some big numbers, too.

In terms of cash contributions, Councilman Kevin McCarty led the pack with $80,426 raised. So far, he doesn't have an opponent in the District 6 race, although that is expected to change as developer Jon Bagatelos considers a run.

Phyllis Newton, a Land Park attorney seeking to take over the seat being vacated by Councilman Rob Fong, raised $93,254 - a number that includes a $50,000 loan from herself. That's not unusual; seven candidates loaned themselves money.

One of Newton's opponents, downtown activist Steve Hansen, raised $64,263 from contributors, the most of any non-incumbent candidate.

A complete list of the candidates and their 2011 totals is here:

District 2 (north Sacramento):

- Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy, $70,746

- Allen Warren, $37,821

- Rob Kerth, $26,427

- Kim Mack, $5,164

- Sondra Betancourt, $740

District 4 (Land Park, downtown):

- Phyllis Newton, $93,254

- Steve Hansen, $65,563

- Councilman Rob Fong, $21,222

- Joseph Yee, $2,250

- Stephen Nichols, did not file

- Terry Schanz, did not file

District 6 (Elmhurst, Tahoe Park):

- Councilman Kevin McCarty $80,426

District 8 (Meadowview):

- Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell, $42,647

- Betty Williams, $15,092


- Mayor Kevin Johnson, $554,923

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