ENCINITAS — The City of Encinitas has released the second round of campaign statements for the 2020 mayoral and city council district elections, which continue to show a difference between cash raised by incumbents versus challengers’ earnings.
Summarizing the financial transactions of each campaign between July 1 and September 19, all documents are available on the city’s Public Records Archive for viewing.
The Coast News previously published Encinitas campaign financial statements spanning January 1 to June 30.
The current campaign disclosure statements list monetary contributions received this period and to date, as well as expenditures made, current cash statements, outstanding debts and donor lists.
In summary, current Mayor Catherine Blakespear received $11,424.82 more in total contributions than her challenger, Julie Thunder, this second period.
Additionally, District 2 candidate Susan Turney received $1,808.6 more than the incumbent, Deputy Mayor Kellie Hinze. Councilman Tony Kranz raised $7,369 more than his District 1 challenger Alex Riley.
All candidates with the exception of Thunder submitted financial statements to the City on September 24. Thunder’s financial statement was submitted one day later than the city-appointed deadline.
The Coast News reached out to each candidate, offering the opportunity to comment on their fundraising efforts as well as the feelings one month out from the election on November 3.
Catherine Blakespear, Mayor (Incumbent)
Contributions Received This Period: $38,524
Contributions Received To Date: $79,959
Expenditures Made This Period: $14,572.13
“I’m gratified by the broad support in Encinitas for my re-election, as evidenced by the more than 620 individual donors to my campaign so far who believe in my ability to make sound decisions on behalf of all our residents.
It’s clear from our campaign’s nearly 2-1 lead in donations that we’re in a strong position to communicate our message of a continued positive, solutions-oriented approach; rejecting the misinformation and backward-facing vision my opponent has for our city.”
Julie Thunder, Mayor (Challenger)
Contributions Received This Period: $27,099.18
Contributions Received To Date: $48,823.88
Expenditures Made This Period: $12,529.79
“Everywhere I go, I’m hearing from people that they’re ready for a refresh of the way our City is run. It’s humbling to see so many have contributed as little as $5, and up to $500, to support change. Nearly half of my donations are less than $100, which is indicative of the real grassroots base of this movement. My opponent accepted a lot from developers and there are three PACs supporting her, one of them is funded by even more developers.”
Tony Kranz, District 1 (Incumbent)
Contributions Received This Period: $11,274
Contributions Received To Date: $11,274
Expenditures Made This Period: $2,861.47
“This is an election season like no other. The effect of the pandemic on politics is palpable. I’m honored by the financial and grassroots support I’ve received for my re-election campaign and will continue to reach out to voters across District 1 and ask for their vote so I can continue to serve the community.”
Alex Riley, District 1 (Challenger)
Contributions Received This Period: $3,905
Contributions Received To Date: $4,905
Expenditures Made This Period: $2,995.94
“I am very positive about my campaign. I’m proud that all of the campaign contributions I have received from $5 to the maximum all come from people in the community. These past few months I have spoken to a wide range of people from across Encinitas and hear many of the same concerns whether in Leucadia, New Encinitas or in Olivenhain — all-in-all they are ready for positive changes and new representation.”
Kellie Hinze, District 2 (Incumbent)
Contributions Received This Period: $9,381.40
Contributions Received To Date: $41,777.60
Expenditures Made This Period: $12,971.10
“Our fundraising reflects the campaign’s continued momentum. We ran out of yard signs much earlier than anticipated and thanks to small individual donations, we’ll be able to order another round to meet the demand.
I’m pleased we are exceeding goals for volunteer engagement with new faces signing on to join us every week. Encinitas voters are energetic and willing to contribute their time and resources to keep progressive leadership intact for our City. I’m heartened by high levels of civic engagement at a time when our county and community need it most.”
Susan Turney, District 2 (Challenger)
Contributions Received This Period: $11,190
Contributions Received To Date: $16,560
Expenditures Made This Period: $3,916.79
“Grassroots support for my Residents First campaign has grown rapidly and continues to pick up momentum. My positions on pivotal issues such as preserving Prop A, retaining local control over our land use, and providing truly open government resonate with voters looking for a candidate to champion their concerns. Resident fears regarding overdevelopment and the pressures of outside interests are justified, and the solutions I offer give them hope for positive change.”