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Mike McGuire leads money race in state Senate contest

Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire raised $117,376 this reporting period to further boost his overwhelming financial advantage in the race for the North Coast's state Senate seat, campaign finance records show.

McGuire and three other candidates are seeking the 2nd District seat currently held by Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa.

McGuire had $315,262 to start the new year. Adding his haul for the first three months of 2014 and deducting expenses, he now has $361,360 ahead of the June primary, in which the top-two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to November's general election.

McGuire's biggest contributors this period included Professional Engineers in California Government, which contributed the maximum $8,200; California Real Estate ($7,200); Classified Employees of California School Employees ($5,000); and California Dental ($5,000).

Novato attorney Harry Lehmann, a registered independent, said Wednesday that he received a contribution of $500 since filing candidate papers March 7.

No records were available Wednesday for Novato school trustee Derek Knell and Larry Weisner, a Santa Rosa CPA and the lone Republican Party candidate.


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