March 16, 2014
Lee Thomas Gets Head Start in 2014 San Leandro City Council Race
In the first financial disclosures for the San Leandro City Council elections of November 2014 District 3 candidate has a head start on any potential opponents with more than $3,000 in his campaign account.
There are no campaign contribution limits in San Leandro, so individuals and businesses may contribute any amount of money to local campaigns. Donations of $99 or less do not have to be itemized, but candidates are required to report the source of any donation of $100 or more.
Semi-annual campaign statements for current City Council candidates were due January 31, 2014, for the reporting period July 1 to December 31, 2013, and are summarized below.
Lee Thomas, District 3
Thomas is running for the District 3 City Council seat currently held by Diana Souza. Souza's term ends this year because of term limits. At this time, Thomas has no opponents for the District 3 seat. Thomas reported $3,018 in his campaign account. Significant contributions included:
- $500 from Alan Fong, the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in San Leandro.
- $500 from Thomas Ng in San Francisco
- $350 from Joy Chu in San Francisco
- $300 from Tracy Kyaw in Fremont
- $300 from Carla Stelling in San Francisco
- $300 from Mary Hipona in Castro Valley
Thomas reported $1,500 in campaign consulting expenses to Gloria Ritchie Associates in Fremont.
Benny Lee, District 4
Lee was elected in 2012. He reported $253 in his campaign account and $19,729 in outstanding campaign debt.
Lee reported a single contribution of $500 from the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce's political committee and a single expense of $1,000 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting.
Unpaid bills included $2,860 to Autumn Press for campaign literature and $3,800 to Charles Gilcrest for campaign consulting.
Pauline Cutter, District 5
Cutter was elected in 2010 and is running for a second term this year. Cutter reported no campaign contributions or expenses and no outstanding campaign debt. She reported $931 in her campaign account.
Jim Prola, District 6
Prola's second term ends in 2016 and term limits prevent him from running for a third consecutive term. Prola reported no campaign contributions or expenses and had no money in his campaign account.
Ursula Reed, District 2
Reed won re-election in 2012 over former San Leandro School Board trustee Morgan Mack-Rose. Reed reported no campaign contributions, no expenses, no outstanding campaign debt, and had no money in her campaign account. Reed filed to run for Alameda County Superintendent of Schools in April 2013.
Mack-Rose ran for the District 2 City Council seat in 2012, narrowly losing to incumbent Ursula Reed. Mack-Rose reported no campaign contributions, no expenses, no outstanding campaign debt, and had no money in her campaign account.
Lopez lost in her bid for the District 5 City Council seat to Cutter in 2010. In 2012, she was unopposed for the Area 1 seat of the San Leandro School Board. Lopez reported $23,503 in outstanding campaign debt, no campaign contributions, no expenses, and had no money in her campaign account.