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Ray Mueller, a member of the Menlo Park City Council and former mayor, is beating his three opponents for the District 3 seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, with Laura Parmer-Lohan, a member of the San Carlos City Council, not too far.

Candidates Virginia Chang Kiraly and Steven Booker reported raising less than half for their campaigns.

Campaign finance disclosures from Jan. 1, 2021 to April 23, 2022 show Mueller has raised about $236,500, with significant support from realtors and real estate political action committees, developers, business executives and technology. , and local small business owners.

Groups that have donated to Mueller’s campaign include the California Apartment Association ($1,000), which represents developers and owners of rental properties and has been an outspoken opponent of rent control, as well as California’s political action committee. California Association of Realtors ($1,500) .

In addition, Mueller received support from the San Mateo County Firefighters union group ($1,000) and the Northern California Regional Council of Carpenters union ($1,500).

Individual realtors, developers and brokers have also donated thousands of dollars to Mueller. Several Tarlton Properties executives, including its founder John Tarlton, have endorsed his campaign. Tarlton Properties is a Menlo Park-based commercial property developer that recently submitted plans to develop a life sciences building in Menlo Park at 1350 Adams Court. The project is currently under review by the city’s planning commission.

Robert Webster, founder of the Bohannon Development Company, donated $1,000. The developer is behind the Menlo Gateway project, which includes a 230-room hotel near the Meta headquarters.

Other notable contributions have come from executives and owners of large and small companies.

Mark Flegel of Flegels Home Furnishings ($500), Richard and Mary Ann Draeger of Draeger’s Market ($2,500), and Andrew “Drew” Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild ($500), all of whom have businesses based in Menlo Park, have donated to the Mueller campaign.

Gregory Penner, chairman of Walmart’s board of directors and founder of Madrone Capital Partners, a Menlo Park-based investment management firm, donated $2,000. His wife Carrie Penner, the granddaughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart and a vocal supporter of charter schools, contributed $2,000. The campaign finance report lists her as a board member of the Charter School Growth Fund, a venture capital firm that backs charter schools.

Local elected officials backing Mueller include San Mateo County Controller Juan Raigoza ($100), District 4 County Supervisor Warren Slocum ($1,000), and District 5 Santa Clara County Supervisor , Joe Simitian ($250). Mueller previously served as Simitian’s chief of staff.

Parmer-Lohan reported the second-largest war chest of the campaign, raising about $203,800 since December 2020.

Don Horsley, the current District 3 supervisor, endorsed Parmer-Lohan and donated $1,000. Other notable donors include Amy Buckmaster, executive director of the San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, and Don Cecil, vice president of the chamber.

Some of his other major contributions have come from people in the medical technology and healthcare industry, reflecting his biotech marketing background. Currently, she is the chief of staff for Amgen, a biopharmaceutical company based in Thousand Oaks.

Supporters include Susan Stimson, president of Zenflow, a medical device company ($1,000); Pamela Kirtzman, executive director of health care at Sequoia Healthcare District (about $500); Marga Ortigas-Wedekind, director of business strategy for Fogarty Innovation ($1,000); and Debbie Donovan, director of market development at Cala Health ($1,000).

He also received a $1,000 donation from the National Union of Health Care Workers.

Virginia Chang Kiraly, an elected board member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and chair of the San Mateo County Harbor District, reported raising about $132,000 for her campaign, including $50,000 in loans.

Some of his notable contributions have come from local officials, including: County Sheriff Carlos Bolaños ($500); County Deputy Sheriff Mark Robbins ($250); and several city council members.

Maryann Derwrin, former mayor and current Portola Valley councilwoman ($1,000); Carlos Romero, member of the East Palo Alto City Council ($200); Donna Colson, member of the Burlingame City Council; and Hillsborough City Councilmember Marie Chuang ($200) have endorsed Chang Kiraly’s campaign.

Steven Booker, a representative for the county’s District 3 Democratic Central Committee, reported that he has raised just over $100,000 for his campaign since he began receiving donations in March 2021.

His campaign finance reports show overwhelming support for electricians, perhaps due to his experience as a trade representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union group. Several electricians from all over the Peninsula have donated $2,000. Other contributors include members of the IBEW.

Booker also received donations from the Livermore-based Sheet Metal Workers union ($2,000) and the San Francisco chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ($500).

The top two fundraisers are also top spenders, spending heavily on campaign consultants and poll and survey research.

Mueller has spent about $137,000 since he began fundraising for his campaign in 2021. About $26,500 went to EMC Research, a data analytics firm that specializes in public opinion polling and research, and another $26,000 to Wheelhouse Strategies. , which is listed on Mueller’s consulting services list. campaign finance reports.

Since she started fundraising in late 2020, Parmer-Lohan has spent $112,000 on her campaign. A large portion of her spending went to the Godbe Corporation, a San Mateo-based public opinion research firm ($33,575), and to the Lew Edwards Group, an Oakland-based political consulting firm ($26,000).

Booker and Chang Kiraly reported fewer expenses. Booker has spent about $74,200 on his campaign, much of it going to consulting and other services from CleanSweep Campaigns.

Chang Kiraly had the fewest reported expenses, spending around $53,900. She lists a few sources to check out: Storefront Political Media ($23,700); NGP VAN, a DC-based voter database and web hosting service provider often used in Democratic campaigns ($10,080); and a person named Casey Serafina ($5,700), a Menlo-Atherton High School alumna, Menlo-Atherton High School alumnus, and Girl Scout who advocated for the county to use PulsePoint, a smartphone app, as an alert system for people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The next deadline for the campaign finance report is May 26 and covers the period from April 24 to May 22.

Publisher’s note: An earlier version of this story misrepresented the dollar amount of a loan Virginia Chang Kiraly took out to support her campaign. The correct loan amount is $50,000. This story has been updated to reflect the correction.