SAN JOSE -- With less than two weeks to go in the Santa Clara County District 2 supervisorial race, labor leader Cindy Chavez has taken the lead in the amount of money she has raised for her campaign against rival Teresa Alvarado, daughter of former county supervisor Blanca Alvarado.
In reports released Thursday for the period of May 19 to July 13, Chavez raised $151,305, compared to $118,694 for Alvarado.
"I'm grateful for the hundreds of individual donors from literally all walks of life that have contributed to our campaign,'' Chavez said in a statement.
But Alvarado, who finished nine points behind Chavez in the June 4 primary that included six candidates, maintained a competitive pace at fundraising.
Chavez has posted a total of $275,062, including a $6,500 loan to herself, to Alvarado's total of $257,310. Alvarado has not loaned herself money.
"I am thrilled that our donor base continues to grow,'' said Alvarado in a statement. "Together, we are working to overcome an enormously powerful political machine with significant financial resources.''
In addition, both candidates' campaigns are bolstered by groups spending on their behalf.
Chavez, who until December led the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, is benefiting from copious union support. The Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee United Democratic Campaign has spent $351,644 so far, mostly funded by government and other labor unions or their allies.
The Silicon Valley Public Health and Safety Coalition for Chavez for Supervisor 2013, sponsored by government attorneys, nurses, and public safety labor organizations, has raised $120,000 and spent $82,775 on her behalf since it was established in late June.
The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council Committee on Political Education, which has paid for Chavez mailers, is scheduled to file its reports on July 31, according to South Bay Labor chief Ben Field.
Committees supporting Alvarado include the Community for Accountability Opposing Cindy Chavez for Supervisor, which has spent a total of $132,799. Among its contributors are the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce PAC, the California Real Estate PAC and the California Apartment Association PAC.
In addition, the Chamber PAC also has spent another $67,500 on Alvarado's behalf.
Records show the National Association of Realtors has also spent a total of $128,190 for Alvarado, while the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee in support of Teresa Alvarado has spent $26,023.
Among Alvarado's supporters who donated the maximum $500 for this election cycle are San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and his wife Paula Reed; Bob Kieve, president of Empire Broadcasting; Irene Dalis-Loinaz with Opera San Jose; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Dr. Alfonso Banuelos; former supervisor Dianne McKenna and husband Regis McKenna; Barbara Kamm with Technology Credit Union; Jonathan Emami with ROEM Development and Swenson Development and Construction.
Among Chavez's supporters who gave $500 in this period are San Jose attorney Jim McManis, as well as Tim, Brian and George Bumb Jr. of the San Jose Flea Market and Bay 101 casino fame. (The Flea Market also donated $10,000 to Chavez through the Democratic Central Committee); transportation maven Rod Diridon; Core Companies developer Chris Neale, and Republic Urban Properties. County unions representing the Deputy Sheriffs' Association, Government Attorneys Association, and County Employees Management Association also gave $500 each.
Contact Tracy Seipel at 408 275-0140.