Challenger Bob Poppenga Holds Commanding Fundraising Edge


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In a race against two incumbents, the challenger is leading the way, at least on the money front.  Bob Poppenga, in his second race for school board, has expanded upon his fundraising edge in the latest campaign disclosures for the period of July 1 to September 24.

In that period, Mr. Poppenga raised $9271 for a total of $18,500 for the entire campaign, of which only $670 are loans.  Bob Poppenga has $9589 cash on hand, which vastly outstrips his two main competitors.

For the July 1 to September 24 period, Alan Fernandes actually slightly outraised Mr. Poppenga, with $9547 raised.  He is second with $6775 cash on hand.

“I am pleased with the financial support I have received from our local Davis community and state leaders,” said Mr. Fernandes in a press release this week.  “I have been working tirelessly to engage with Davis residents and share my priorities.  With the proper investments we will be able to enhance the Davis school community and school facilities.  I am honored to have the endorsements of the Davis teachers and school employees.”

The top six contributors to his campaign for this filing period are:  (1) Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins; (2) Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 447; (3) Lia Lopez; (4) Davis City Councilmember Will Arnold; (5) Jim DeBoo; and, (6) Campbell Strategy & Advocacy, his press release noted.

“Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins is a coalition builder who believes sound government policies can impact people’s lives in positive ways.  While Speaker, she helped ensure California’s financial stability through a Rainy Day Fund and aided in finding a solution to the chronic underfunding of the State Teachers’ Retirement System,” the release continued.

The release also highlighted the somewhat notorious Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 447 which also topped Mr. Fernandes’ list of contributors.  His release notes, “Fernandes has made alternative learning pathways a priority in his service and campaign.  Recently, he visited two trade schools to learn about their partnerships with school districts around the region.”

Overall, however, Susan Lovenburg is second in campaign contributions with $12000 raised for the entire campaign, including $1927 in loans.  She raised $5730 this cycle and has the least cash on hand at $3380.

Jose Granda’s campaign filing was not immediately available.

—David M. Greenwald reporting


About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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