LIVINGSTON — The two candidates vying for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors, Merced County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Pacheco and incumbent Supervisor John Pedrozo, are pulling out all the stops to secure last-minute votes.
As the campaigning efforts crank up, so does the spending. From campaign consultants to advertisements, each candidate is making an extra push as they approach the finish line.
Pedrozo and Pacheco are required to file campaign disclosure statements every two months to track campaign funding and spending from the beginning of the calendar year. The candidates filed their most recent statements Thursday, according to the Merced County registrar of voters.
Based on the most recent report ending Oct. 20, Pedrozo has received $75,785 in contributions. In the last three months, some of his major contributions came from Merced Hesston Inc., a farm equipment firm ($4,750); Lyons Investments ($4,500); the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 684 ($3,250); and various self-employed farmers.
Pacheco's total monetary contributions are $24,628. Some of his major contributions in the past three months came from Live Oak Farms ($3,055); Madelyn Pacheco ($1,145); Jeannette Pacheco ($1,000); and Slate Farms ($770).
In terms of expenses, Pedrozo outspent Pacheco almost 10 to 1 based on campaign expenditures in October.
In the first three weeks of October, Pedrozo spent $11,269, while Pacheco spent $1,141.
Among other costs, Pedrozo spent $3,769 on newspaper print ads, and $3,087 in campaign literature and mailings. From July 1 through Sept. 30, Pedrozo spent $2,072 on campaign consultants, $1,700 on a fund-raising event and $1,678 in civic donations to the Merced County Fair.
From Oct. 1 through 20, Pacheco spent $500 on campaign consultants, $468 on phone banks, and $172.50 in campaign literature and mailings. From July 1 through Sept. 30, Pacheco spent $2,000 for campaign consultants, $2,223.80 on phone banks, and $780 on a fund-raising event.
After Oct. 21 and until Nov. 5, both candidates will need to file a campaign disclosure report for any funding received or spent that exceeds $1,000, according to Stacey Cotter, county assistant registrar of voters.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.