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Sandhu tops fundraising effort in Lathrop campaign

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POSTED November 3, 2012 2:03 a.m.

There are ten people running for two available seats on the Lathrop City Council.

But according to the latest campaign finance filings, only three of those candidates have created committees capable of raising money, and one of them – Balwant Singh Sandhu – is stacking up on campaign cash late in the race.

In the last minute fundraising period that runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, Sandhu brought in $2,800 – more than triple the amount that he had reported on all of his other previous campaign finance filings – with most of his money going toward signage.

Four of his contributors – three trucking companies and a storage firm – gave $500 each. The storage firm was the lone reported donor from Lathrop with the rest of his money coming from Manteca, Delhi, Modesto, Turlock, Ceres and Pleasanton. He received a $100 check from a Dollar Store owner, a $200 check from another Dollar Store owner and a $250 check from a private business.

His competitor – Steve Dresser – did most of his fundraising early.

Of the $3,226.84 that Dresser has brought in this election cycle, only $699 came in during the last three-week reportable period before the election. He received a $100 contribution from a retired Lathrop resident and a $500 donation from a Lathrop-based organization – taking in a $99 donation that does not have to be disclosed on finance filings.

And after spending $2,584.04 thus far, Dresser banked the last-minute influx after paying Walgreens $34.35 and covering an outstanding debt for $156.20.

Martha Salcedo, however, is going a different route with her campaign.

The local school teacher and incumbent took in no money through private donations, but loaned her campaign $1,690 – bringing the total to $2,263 that she has forked over out-of-pocket so far to try and reclaim her seat on the dais.

Nonmonetary contributions of $486 have given her pocketbook a slight boost, and her initial loan enabled her to shell out $3,542.50 thus far – leaving $179.50 left over when she filed her paperwork on Oct. 24.

Salcedo paid a Stockton-based mailing service $1,632.50 and a Stockton-based sign service $1,632.50 for campaign signs. She still owes Rendon Sign Services $550.

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