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Leo Zuber top fundraiser in Ripon City Council race

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POSTED November 5, 2012 11:54 p.m.

RIPON – Leo Zuber fundraised slightly over $8,600 in his quest for a seat on the Ripon City Council.

Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt used $2,000 of his own money in his re-election bid.

That’s according to the campaign disclosure statements for qualifying candidates. Incumbents Garry Krebbs and Charlie Gay also fund-raised $4,804 and $3,457, respectively.

Three seats are up for grabs in today’s election, with the three other candidates – retired police officer Scott Lindsay, businessman Jake Parks, and businessman and youth sports coach Robbie Orlando – reportedly not raising enough to trigger the state-mandated campaign disclosure statement filing requirements.

Each of the candidates used the money for signage, brochure, and postage.

Zuber, who is the retired superintendent of the Ripon Unified School District, collected nearly twice as much as his opponents on his first-ever campaign.

For that, he’s thankful for his many supporters, including:

•$500 donor: Viviana & Michael McNulty.

•$250 donors: Pam Berg, Debra Daniels, Michael & Janeen Fisher.

•$200 donors: Florence Simi, Jeffery & Mary Shields.

•$150 donors: Arvin J & Terri Boersma,

•$100 donors: Ronald & Debra Van Essen, Anita & Alvie Floyd, Marjorie Yee Rollins, Ronald & Gaye Marilyn Nelson, Darryl & Michele Bartels, Barry & Carolyn Weaver, Judi & Larry Rackley, David & Kathleen Withycombe, Bill Wetmore, Neil and Jeannie Rudd, Christopher Oase.

Zuber, who decided to run for office due to “communication issues” involving the city – he served on the Ripon Chamber of Commerce for 20 years – plans to spend election night at a get-together hosted by Fisher and his family.

The no-nonsense Krebbs is seeking a second term. His re-election campaign was backed by the following:

•$500 donor: Richard Depone.

•$250 donor: Pamela Davidson.

•$225 donor: Pacific Gas & Electric.

•$200 donor: The Shutter Company.

•$150 donor: David Ratto

•$100 donors: Uecker Insurance Agency Inc., Gregory Coleman, Robert Bryant, Kimberly Meloche-Long.

Gay, who is proud to be part of a council that made tough cuts but, later, restored the salaries of city employees, was supported by the likes of Among his supporters were NuCal Foods ($1,000), Rich Deponte ($800 / $500), Jack & Elaine Walker ($500), Doug Lillie ($100), and Bryan & Sharla Williamson ($100). He, too, is seeking a second term.

Krebbs, Gay, and Nutt will be spending a portion of election night in the Council Chambers. That’s where the scheduled Ripon City Council meeting will be held.

“I’ll watch some of the (election) coverage on TV and check (online) on the results,” said Nutt, who saved money by using signs from his previous campaign.

He added: “Usually, I’m in bed by 8:30 p.m. – I’ll probably hold off until 9:30 (on election night).”

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