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Hendrick Rakes In More Donations Than Berkowitz In District 5 Race; More On Campaign Finances


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Kevin Hendrick raked in more campaign contributions than anyone else competing for seats on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors this year.

Hendrick, chair of the Del Norte Democratic Central Committee, who is challenging incumbent Bob Berkowitz for District 5, took in a total of $10,470 in monetary contributions and $1,405 in non-monetary contributions between Nov. 12, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, according to recent campaign filing reports. In addition to using $200 of his own money, which he listed as a campaign loan, Hendrick’s campaign contributions total $12,075.

In addition to the Del Norte County District 5 election, other supervisor seats up for grabs on March 3 include districts 1 and 2. John Pritchett and Darrin Short hope to take the District 1 seat, replacing incumbent Roger Gitlin who is not seeking re-election.

In the District 2 campaign, newcomers Valerie Starkey, a retired probation officer, and Jim Ramsey, a retired teacher and a Crescent City Harbor commissioner, are challenging incumbent Lori Cowan.
Candidates filed their latest financial reports by Jan. 18. According to the Del Norte County Registrar of Voters office, candidates must turn their campaign finance reports by Feb. 20 before the March 3 election.

Between Nov. 12, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, Hendrick’s District 5 supervisor campaign netted $1,500 from the Building & Construction Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties and another $1,500 from the Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties. The Del Norte County Democratic Central Committee donated $500 and State Sen. Mike McGuire contributed $200 to Hendrick.

In non-monetary contributions, Hendrick received a donation of wine worth $474 from Sebastopol-based Iron Horse Vineyards. San Francisco-based Sonic Sculptor donated music production services for radio advertising worth $600. The Gallery of Arts and Culture in Crescent City also served as a venue, which Hendrick’s report listed was worth $200.

Hendrick made a total of $3,782 in unitemized and itemized expenditures between Nov. 12, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, according to his campaign finance report. His largest expenditures include $600 to Brookings-based Liz Crockett Design for literature design, $554 to SignRocket.com for yard signs; and $550 to Political Data Inc. for voter data.

Hendrick’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $6,798 as of Jan. 18, 2020, according to his finance reports.

Hendrick’s opponent received $2,444 in monetary contributions between Sept. 12 and Jan. 18, according to Berkowitz’s campaign finance report. Berkowitz loaned $4,000 of his own money to his campaign, according to his report. As of Jan. 18, Berkowitz’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $4,455.

Berkowitz’s largest contributions came from his wife, Bonnie Brown, who donated $1,100, according to Berkowitz’s campaign finance report. Los Angeles-based Stefanie Stolinsky donated $400. Berkowitz also received $594 in unitemized contributions of less than $100, according to his report.

Berkowitz’s campaign made a total of $1,989 in itemized and unitemized expenditures, according to his report. His largest expenditures were made to Del Norte Office Supply for $588 in literature and the Victory Store for $946 in literature. Berkowitz also made $125 in unitemized payments of less than $100.

Pritchett, Del Norte Ambulance general manager and BiCoastal Media host, received slightly more in campaign contributions than his opponent, former Crescent City Councilor, Short.

Pritchett’s campaign brought in $5,123.80 between Oct. 11, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, of which $3,807 came from cash donations.
Pritchett loaned $500 of his own funds to his campaign, according to his campaign finance report. His campaign made a total of $1,458.62 in expenditures with $641.82 in cash payments made and a non-monetary adjustment of $816.80, according to his report. As of Jan. 18, 2020, Pritchett’s campaign had an ending fund balance of $3,665.18, according to his campaign finance report.

Pritchett’s largest donors include Crescent City couple Gerald and Jacqueline Cochran, who donated $500, and the Democratic Central Committee, which also gave $500, according to his campaign finance report. Pritchett also received $1,658 in unitemized contributions of less than $100.

Pritchett also received a non-monetary contribution from Del Norte Ambulance owner Ron Sandler, who donated $816.80 in yard signs, according to Pritchett’s report.

Pritchett’s largest campaign expenditures include $641.82 to the Del Norte County Clerk’s office for filing fees and a campaign statement.

Short, meanwhile, received a total of $4,905 in campaign contributions with $2,225 coming in as cash and $737 as non-monetary donations, according to his finance report. As of Jan. 18, 2020, Short’s campaign made $3,425 in expenditures with a $737 non-monetary adjustment.

Short’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $2,402 as of Jan. 18, 2020.

Short’s largest donors include Crescent City Councilor Jason Greenough, who gave $200, and Cowan who donated $50 and a $100 gift certificate. Short also received $1,495 in unitemized cash contributions.

Short’s largest expenditures include $472 to Del Norte Office Supply for literature and $910 to Brookings-based In-Motion Graphics for campaign paraphernalia, according to his report.
Short also used $1,505.35 of his own money for his campaign, according to the report.

Starkey received slightly more in donations than her opponents for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors. Starkey received a total of $5,831.76 in monetary and non-monetary contributions between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, according to her campaign finance report. Her campaign received $200 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 18, 2020.

According to her campaign finance report, Starkey made no expenditures between Jan. 1 and Jan 18, 2020. She had a beginning cash statement of $698.39 on Jan. 1, 2020 and an ending cash balance of $898.39 as of Jan. 18, 2020.

Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, Starkey made a total of $5,133.37 in expenditures with a $600 non-monetary adjustment. As of Dec. 31, 2019, Starkey’s ending cash balance was $698.39.

Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, Starkey’s largest donors included Richard and Jan Moorehouse; Richard Starkey and Sarah Laggos, Sherrie and Brain Potter; and Terri Colton, all of whom donated $200 each. Starkey donated $871.76 of her own money to her campaign, according to her finance report.

In non-monetary contributions, Kevin and Gayle Hartwick and Troy and Lezlie Duncan both donated $300 in food for an Oct. 24 reception.

Starkey’s largest expenditures between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019 include $1,122.88 to Vista Print for campaign literature and $1,443.46 to Political Lawn Signs for yard signs, according to the report.  

Between Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, Ramsey received a total of $5,579 in contributions. This includes $300 in non-monetary contributions. His campaign spent a total of $1,432.63 during that timeframe with a non-monetary adjustment of $300, according to his campaign report. Ramsey’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $4,426.37 as of Jan. 18, 2020.

Ramsey’s largest contributions include $1,500 from the Building & Construction Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte; $1,500 from the Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties; and $500 from the Democratic Central Committee.

Ramsey received $979 in unitemized contributions of less than $100 and about $300 in non-monetary contributions from Jerry Bauer, who provided harp music during a campaign event, Helen Holgate and Candy Weiland, both of whom provided food and drinks at a campaign event.

Ramsey’s largest expenditures include $590.63 for print ads to the Victory Store and $300 to Liz Crockett for literature design.

Cowan, meanwhile, received $4,604.51 in total contributions between Aug. 1, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, according to her campaign finance report. This includes an $837.51 loan to her own campaign and $1,390 in non-monetary contributions.
Between Aug. 1, 2019 and Jan. 18, 2020, Cowan spent a total of $3,810.21, including $1,390 in a non-monetary adjustment. Her campaign had an ending cash balance of $794.30 as of Jan. 18, 2020.

Cowan’s largest contributions include $200 from California Dreamin’ Real Estate; $275 from real estate agent Debbie Olson; and $250 from Janice Tramonte and Scott McKay, of Jacksonville, Oregon. Cowan also received $752 in unitemized contributions of less than $100, according to her report.

In non-monetary contributions, Cowan received a $200 gas card from C. Renner Petroleum, a $350 gift certificate of North Coast Grill, which Cowan and her husband Kenneth Cowan manages, and a cord of wood worth $240 from Richard and Donna Hopkins.
Cowan also received $600 in unitemized non-monetary contributions of less than $100, according to her report.

Cowan’s largest expenditures include $731 to the Victory Store for campaign paraphernalia and $408.47 to Vista Print for literature.

A local candidate, special education teacher Charlotte Svolos is challenging Jim Wood for his California Assembly District 2 seat.

Svolos did not file a campaign finance report. However, according to County Clerk Recorder Alissia Northrup, filing a finance report isn’t necessary if the candidate does not plan on receiving or spending more than $2,000 in his or her campaign. For more information about the March 3, 2020 election, visit the Del Norte County Elections Office.


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