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Darrin Short Addresses Error in Finance Report; Kevin Hendrick's Donations, Expenses Surpass Other Candidates'


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Kevin Hendrick’s donations continues to outpace, not just his opponent in the District 5 race, but others competing for open seats on the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.

Meanwhile, District 1 Candidate Darrin Short said he will fix a mistake on his campaign finance report, which states the Del Norte Historical Society donated a helicopter trip worth $300 to his campaign. Short said a member of his committee, Joe Gregorio, purchased the ticket from the historical society and donated it to his campaign.

“I don’t know how it got written down like that,” Short told the Wild Rivers Outpost on Tuesday. “Joe purchased the ticket outright. He told me the value of it was $300.”

Short, a retired captain at Pelican Bay State Prison and a battalion chief with Crescent City Fire & Rescue, is running against Del Norte Ambulance general manager and Bicoastal Media host John Pritchett for the District 1 seat currently held by Roger Gitlin.

In the District 5 race, Hendrick, chair of the Democratic Central Committee and former director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, is challenging incumbent Bob Berkowitz.

In the District 2 campaign, retired probation officer Valerie Starkey and retired teacher and Crescent City Harbor Commissioner Jim Ramsey are challenging incumbent Lori Cowan. Candidates were required to file their final financial reports ahead of next week’s election by Feb. 20. California’s primary will be held March 3.

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Hendrick’s District 5 campaign netted a total of $4,715 in donations, according to his campaign’s financial report. His campaign received a total of $16,790 in contributions for the year to date, according to the report.

On Feb. 19, Hendrick took in $3,000 from Dignity California SEIU 2015, which represents long-term care providers. Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Hendrick’s campaign brought in $1,000 from United Food & Commercial Workers International; $1,000 from Elk Valley Rancheria; and $500 from Operating Engineers Local No. 3. His campaign also received $1,315 in unitemized donations of less than $100 as of Feb. 15.

In non-monetary donations, the owners of the Requa Inn provided the venue for a Feb. 9 campaign event. According to Hendrick’s finance report, that donation is worth $200.

Hendrick’s campaign made a total of $5,225 in cash payments between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, according to his campaign finance report. His campaign also reported a non-monetary adjustment of $200.

From Jan. 1 through Feb. 15, Hendrick’s campaign spent a total of $9,097 in cash. With a non-monetary adjustment of $1,605, Hendrick’s total campaign expenditures were $10,702 as of Feb. 15, according to his finance report.

Hendrick’s largest expenditures include $1,967 to Times Printing of Eureka for mailers; $925 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising; $898 to the Del Norte Triplicate for print ads; and $882 to Sign Rocket for yard signs.

Hendrick’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $6,088 as of Feb. 15, according to his finance reports.

Berkowitz’s donations paled in comparison to his opponent’s. Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, his campaign took in $740. For the beginning of the calendar year to date, Berkowitz’s campaign netted $3,434.

Including a loan of $4,000 of his own money to his campaign, Berkowitz had a total of $7,434 in contributions as of Feb. 15, according to his finance report.

Berkowitz’s largest itemized donation between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15 was $250 from Crescent City attorney Dohn Henion. Berkowitz also received $490 in unitemized donations of less than $100.

Berkowitz’s campaign made a total of $2,839 in expenditures, according to his report. His largest expenditures include $977 to the Del Norte Triplicate in print advertising; $715 in postage to the U.S. Postal Service; $655 to Del Norte Office Supply; and $492 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising.

As of Feb. 15, Berkowitz’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $2,356.

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Short’s District 1 campaign netted $3,273 in cash donations and $1,238 in non-monetary contributions, including the $300 helicopter trip to St. George Reef Lighthouse, according to his campaign finance report.

Since Jan. 1, Short’s campaign netted a total of $9,416 in contributions. This includes $1,975 in non-monetary contributions and $5,936 in cash contributions. Short also loaned $1,505 to his own campaign, according to his finance report.

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Short received $2,003 in unitemized donations of less than $100. He also received $100 donations from several people. Short’s largest itemized donation came from Walter Miller, of Crescent City, who gave $250.

According to Short’s finance report, in addition to donating the helicopter tour of the lighthouse, Gregorio contributed $640 in cooked Dungeness crab to a fundraiser held Feb. 1.

Short said his committee solicited a lot of donations during that event. When asked about his finance report stating that the helicopter tour came as a donation from the Historical Society, a local nonprofit organization, Short said he would look into that right away.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, nonprofit organizations are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of a candidate seeking public office. This includes making donations to a candidate running for public office, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“It never crossed my mind that it was a nonprofit and that wouldn’t work until just now,” Short told the Outpost.

Before determining that ticket came as a donation from Gregorio, Short said he would consult his committee.

“I want to make it right for both sides,” he told the Outpost.

In terms of expenditures, Short made a total of $2,686 in cash payments between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15. His campaign made a total of $5,372 in cash payments since Jan. 1, 2020. With a non-monetary adjustment of $1,975, his campaign recorded $7,347 in total expenditures.

Short’s largest payments include $493 to Bicoastal Media for radio ads; $735 to USPS for postage; and $448 to Del Norte Office Supply for campaign literature.

Short’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $3,069 as of Feb. 15, according to his campaign finance report.

Pritchett, who’s running against Short for the District 1 seat, received $2,895 in cash contributions between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15. His campaign received a total of $8,018.80 in contributions since Jan. 1, 2020. This includes a $500 of his own money and $816.80 in non-monetary contributions, according to Pritchett’s finance report.

Like Hendrick, Pritchett received $500 from Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3. The Building & Construction Trades Council of Humboldt and Del Norte counties donated $1,500 to Pritchett. He also received $645 in unitemized contributions of less than $100, according to his finance report.

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Pritchett made a total of $3,428.68 in cash payments, according to his finance report. Since Jan. 1, 2020, Pritchett’s campaign spent a total of $4,887.30 including a non-monetary adjustment of $816.80.

Pritchett’s largest expenditures include $1,975 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising; $810.24 to Times Printing Co. for print advertising; and $541 to the Triplicate for print advertising.
Pritchett’s ending cash balance was $3,131.50 as of Feb. 15, according to his finance report.

In the district 2 race, Cowan received and spent more than the challengers to her seat. Her campaign received a total of $4,493 in donations, including $2,000 in non-monetary contributions, according to her finance report.

For the period starting Jan. 1, Cowan received a total of $9,097.51 in contributions. This includes $4,870 in cash donations; $3,390 in non-monetary contributions and a $837.51 loan, according to Cowan’s finance report.

Cowan’s cash donations include $500 from State Farm Insurance agent Lisa McKeown and $200 from Crescent City residents John and Linda Ging. Cowan also received $1,493 in unitemized donations of less than $100.

Cowan’s non-monetary contributions include $1,445 in postage from C. Renner Petroleum, a cord of wood worth $295 from Jr’s Wood Salvage in Klamath and $100 gift certificate from North Coast Grill.

Between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, Cowan’s campaign made a total of $4,945.40 in expenditures. This includes a non-monetary adjustment of $2,000, according to her financial report.

For the period starting Jan. 1, Cowan’s campaign made a total of $8,755.61 in expenditures. This includes $5,365.61 in cash payments and a non-monetary adjustment of $3,390, according to her financial report.

Cowan’s largest expenses include $812.50 to Country Media, owners of the Triplicate, for print advertising. She also paid $864 to Bicoastal Media for radio advertising and $875 to Jacklyn Engelsma for hosting a fundraising event.

As of Feb. 15, Cowan’s campaign had an ending cash balance of $341.90.

Ramsey, one of Cowan’s two opponents, received $1,868 in cash contributions between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, according to his campaign finance report. Since Jan. 1, Ramsey’s campaign received a total of $7,147 in cash contributions and a non-monetary contribution worth $300.

Ramsey’s largest donors include United Food & Commercial Workers International, which contributed $1,000 and Operating Engineers Local No. 3, which donated $500, according to his finance report. Ramsey also received $268 in unitemized donations of less than $100.

As for spending, Ramsey’s campaign made a total of $1,524.51 in cash payments between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, according to his finance report. As of Jan. 1, 2020, his campaign spent a total of $2,957.14 including a non-monetary adjustment of $300.

Ramsey’s largest expenses include $607.41 to Times Printing Co. for mailers and postage; $200 to the Del Norte County Fairgrounds for advertising on its electronic message board; and $430 to the Del Norte Triplicate for advertising.

Ramsey had an ending cash balance of $4,769.86 as of Feb. 15, according to his campaign finance report.

Starkey, meanwhile, received $399 in cash contributions between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15, according to her campaign finance report.

Since Jan. 1, 2020, Starkey’s campaign received $599 in donations.
Starkey’s only itemized donation between Jan. 19 and Feb. 15 came from Vanessa Alexandre, who gave $300. Starkey also received $99 in unitemized donations of less than $100 as of Feb. 15.

Meanwhile, Starkey’s campaign spent a total of $600 cash to the U.S. Postal Service. As of Feb. 15, her campaign had an ending cash balance of $697.39.

For more information about the March 3 primary, including a list of precincts and polling places, visit the Del Norte County Elections Office website.


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