James Gore leads fundraising for supervisor seat

Former Obama Administration official James Gore powered past his chief rivals seeking the 4th District Sonoma County supervisor seat, raising more than $83,000 in contributions since Jan. 1.

His nearest competitor, Windsor Town Councilwoman Deb Fudge, pulled in just over $44,000 in the same period.

"I'm pleased to see the broad base of financial support I've received since the start of the campaign," Gore said in a written statement.

The Sonoma County native served three years in Washington D.C. in the Department of Agriculture before returning to the area and jumping into the supervisorial race.

Since the start of the campaign last year, Gore has edged Fudge by about $24,000 in fundraising -- a cumulative total of more than $105,000 for Gore and more than $81,000 for Fudge. But Gore has been spending money at a greater clip, leaving him with nearly $35,000 in cash on hand as of March 17, but Fudge has more than $39,000 left in cash.

Fudge said the disparity in fundraising was not a concern for her.

"I am raising what I need to get my message out," she said.

She noted that Gore had been backed by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the North Bay Association of Realtors, both endorsements known to bring strong fundraising in their wake.

"I'm not taking for granted that other candidates have access to deep pockets ... this is exactly what I expected," she said.

The report for former Healdsburg Mayor Pete Foppiano, who had a strong fundraising performance last year, was not available by Monday afternoon, but he said he had raised in excess of $20,000, well behind his rivals.

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