Petaluma council candidates draw varied donors

First-time Petaluma City Council candidate Alicia Kae Herries raised the most in campaign contributions through Sept. 30 and reported the most cash on hand heading into the final weeks before Election Day.

Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show Herries and another first-timer, Kathy Miller, are attracting election contributions equal to or greater than seasoned candidates.

Six candidates are running for three Petaluma City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot. Miller, Herries and Jason Davies, who ran in 2010, are challenging incumbents Mike Healy, Tiffany Renee and Gabe Kearney.

Herries, an executive assistant and appointed planning commissioner, was first to announce her candidacy and began fundraising earlier. She has taken in $13,500 total, including $9,700 from July 1 through Sept. 30.

Miller, an attorney and former planning commissioner, reported raising $8,700 since July.

Healy, who is seeking a fourth term on the council, reported spending the most, $12,800, compared with Kearney's $3,250, the thriftiest of all so far.

Healy reported the least left in the tank, $320, compared with Herries' $5,600, the most of any candidate as of Oct. 1.

Running as a team, Miller and Healy share the same Santa Rosa political consultant, Herb Williams, and have several contributors in common, including the maximum $200 from several Petaluma business owners and building interests.

Davies and Herries, while not running together, also have received contributions from several of the same groups and individuals, including the Progressive Democrats of Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee.

Davies, Herries and Renee received the central committee's endorsement, while its chair, Stephen Gale, contributed to Kearney's campaign.

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