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