Money race between Gorin, Sawyer tightens

The money race between the two candidates vying for Sonoma County's 1st District Board of Supervisors seat has narrowed in October.

Susan Gorin still trails rival John Sawyer by more than $60,000 in contributions received since the start of the year. But Gorin eclipsed Sawyer in the latest reporting period, from October 1 to October 20, pulling in $40,641, or $8,238 more than Sawyer, campaign finance records show.

The two are long-time political opposites on the Santa Rosa City Council, and their sometimes bitter rivalry there has spilled over into the county race to decide who replaces retiring Supervisor Valerie Brown.

Sawyer's larger overall campaign chest allowed him to continue to outspend Gorin, shelling out $58,039 in the latest period to the $31,620 spent by Gorin's campaign.

Sawyer's spending to date in the race also dwarfs Gorin's. He has spent $264,660 to her $175,915.

But Gorin showed more money in the bank entering the race's final stretch, with $53,299 on hand compared with the $11,095 reported by Sawyer.

The 1st District, represented by Brown since 2002, includes Sonoma Valley east to the Napa County line, the city of Sonoma and the unincorporated communities of Kenwood and Glen Ellen, and eastern Santa Rosa.

Sawyer has maintained a fundraising edge throughout the race, which began more than a year ago, and heated up when the two Santa Rosa politicians advanced from the June primary. Gorin was the top vote-getter, edging Sawyer by less than 200 votes.

Sawyer this year has raised $281,866, including a $16,300 loan.

His largest contributions in the latest period were $2,625 each from the Sonoma County Alliance, a coalition of local business interests, PG&E Corp., Wine Country Party and Events LLC and the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association.

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