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San Ramon Valley candidates raise hundreds of thousands amid pandemic election season

Original post made on Oct 29, 2020

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may have hampered traditional campaigning this election season, hundreds of thousands of dollars are still flowing into local San Ramon Valley elections.

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Posted by KDanville
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:09 am

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Of course they all raised money, this is how our political system works. During a pandemic it is twice as hard to get out and meet people. Most of these endorsements and donations were hard earned. The lengthy research, interviews and questionnaires involved take tremendous amounts of time. If anyone wants this to change, the process ineeds to change. .

Posted by Mary
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:16 am

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This has certainly been a difficult and different local campaign year. Face to face interaction with the community, neighborhood gatherings, and social fundraisers have been prevented by the coronavirus restrictions. It is also the first time district elections have restricted potential candidates from running for council seats in San Ramon. The voter has the responsibility for doing the research before voting to select candidates that share their vision for the future of their communities, and not outside interests. Looking at the sources of funding can give a hint to a candidate’s potential pressures and influences.

Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:46 am

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It is interesting that both incumbents, Arnerich and Morgan, received some of their larger donations from the same sources. I knew that Fong had a close political 'relationship' with Arnerich but the donation just confirms it. I prefer fresh ideas.
I understand that money talks but I hope voters look at the other candidates and see where their money is coming from, that includes the major political party in CA. Personally I do NOT like what Sacramento is doing to our towns and cities and definitely do NOT want people who have an allegiance to high density, high tax type agendas. Just my personal opinion.

Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2020 at 8:27 am

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This article is very misleading! Especially for Danville! Let me fact check some stuff for you... Renne Morgan hasn’t gotten $40k in contributions.... she’s only gotten $13k and has given herself a $28k loan!!!!! Same thing with Dave Fong... he has only gotten $6.5k in contributions but $14.7k in loans! And I like how the article doesn’t highlight the fact that Fong was nearly $14k in debt before he gave himself the loan. Newell Arnerich and Turner Stanton are the only ones who haven’t taken out loans... BUT... Arnerich has A LOT money coming from OUTSIDE of Danville. So much for LOCAL politics I guess...

Posted by KDanville
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2020 at 8:40 am

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One donation that stands out belongs to candidate Newell Arnerich. It is from an overseas group. Is it connected to his private work? I’m not sure the impact on Danville and I think worth looking into. I’m want to keep our small town.
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Posted by Gina M Channell, Publisher
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2020 at 1:14 pm

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@Danville, I updated Renee Morgan's information to include wording about her loan to the campaign. Thank you for pointing it out. Fong's information already included the information that he loaned money to his own campaign...

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