Villalta outpaces Sousa in money race

Incumbent mayor brings in $21K to challenger's $3K

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 12, 2012 

Incumbent Mike Villalta is dwarfing Joe Sousa, his opponent in the mayoral race, in campaign contributions according to documents obtained this week.

Candidates for mayor and City Council filed campaign contribution forms at City Hall last week to meet an Oct. 5 filing deadline. The mayor has raked in nearly seven times the amount of campaign dollars Sousa has received.

Villalta and Sousa turned in paperwork chronicling contributions they received through Sept. 30.

The documents show Villalta has acquired $21,123 in contributions to Sousa's $3,225.

Villalta's campaign contributions include $500 from himself and his wife, Leslie, $500 from his father Gus Villalta, $200 from Troy Thoreson, $200 from Jeanette Okuye, $2,000 from Theresa Rivoire, $500 from Tom Kaljian, $150 from Tony Melillo, $2,000 from Jeffrey Dake, $2,000 from Natalie Hannah, $500 from Corky Sherwood, $3,000 from Jerry Menefee, $2,000 from Sam Watson, $3,000 from Dwight Anderson, $300 from Elmer Hampel, $200 from Jim and Christine Blackwood, $100 from Darrell Mello, $100 from Kenneth and Antonia Mello, $250 from Scott Russell, $350 from Dominic Falasco and $100 from Michael and Sally Hughes. Villalta also received $425 worth of donated food from restaurateur Robert Rose and $3,173 in contributions under $100.

Itemization is not required for contributions under $100.

Villalta spent $5,692 by Sept. 30. Expenditures include $2,500 to NASHOBA Corp. for consultant services, $1,285 for campaign literature, $769 to Premium Graphicx, $625 to the Los Banos Enterprise for advertising, $250 to the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce for Los Banos Tomato Festival booth space and $100 to Ryan's Place for a fundraiser.

Sousa received $3,225 by Sept. 30. The contributions to his campaign included $500 from West K Apartments, $500 from Robert and Margaret Sliger, $100 from Gladys' Barbershop, $500 from Carol Roberts, $100 from Pegg Eyerman, $500 from Susan Briggs, $100 from Dennis and Kristen Areias, $350 from Everet Dairy Farm, $100 from Norm Donovan, $250 from Steve and Janet Rath and $100 from Jesus and Lydia Rosa. Sousa also received $125 in contributions under $100.

Sousa's spent $3,154. Expenditures include $1,154 to Cheap Political Signs for campaign signs, $985 to Joe Gutierrez for campaign signs, $383 on campaign literature, $168 for meeting and office supplies $133 to Imprint Printing for promotional pens, $120 for office printer supplies, $75 to Sorensen's True Value Hardware for sign posts and campaign paraphernalia and $37 for paint.

Two of the four City Council candidates filed contribution forms. Candidate Steve Hammond reportedly informed the assistant city clerk, who collects the forms, that he is not accepting $1,000 or more in contributions, which exempts him from filing. Candidate Deborah Lewis had not filed a contribution form by presstime.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Stonegrove received $3,849 in contributions while candidate Arkady Faktorovich garnered $3,443.

Stonegrove's contributions included $3,275 from herself, $100 from Mary Grove, $250 from Steve and Janet Rath and $125 from Pete and Pauline Hernandez. Stonegrove also received $99 in contributions under $100.

Stonegrove has spent $3,428. Expenditures include $1,530 to for yard signs, $853 on campaign literature, $625 for a candidate's statement, $250 to the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce for Los Banos Tomato Festival booth space, $135 in payments made under $100 and $34 for voter registration information.

Faktorovich's $3,443 in contributions includes $200 from Troy Thoreson, $100 from Sondra Palocsay, $100 from Michael B. Johnson, $350 from Michael B. Deldin, $500 from Jerry Menefee, $250 from Corky Sherwood and $100 from Tom Kaljian. Faktorovich also received $843 in contributions under $100 and loaned himself $1,000.

Faktorovich's campaign spent $2,898. Expenditures include $1,826 to Premium Graphicx, $625 for a candidate's statement, $215 to the UPS Store, $108 in office expenses, $70 for meetings and appearances and $51 in postage and campaign paraphernalia.

The next filing date for contributions is Jan. 31.

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