Sebastopol candidate raises record cash

  • Robert Jacob, founder and executive director of Peace In Medicine, is running for Sebastopol City Council.

In a Sebastopol City Council election perceived as a referendum on the controversial CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank project, marijuana dispensary executive and CVS opponent Robert Jacob has raised and spent more money than all other candidates combined.

Through Oct. 20, Jacob has raised $32,004 and spent $26,004, the most ever by a candidate in Sebastopol history, according to disclosure statements filed Thursday.

"It says that people are very motivated about there being a new voice on the council," said Jacob.

Others in Sebastopol, however, feel it is out of line for a city in which elections are usually decided by candidates campaigning door-to-door.

"It is certainly an indication of support for Robert, but an inappropriately large amount for a race like Sebastopol's," said Larry Robinson, a former city councilman and longtime political activist who has endorsed Jacob. "And where it is trending should cause everyone concern."

Challenger John Eder is second in the money race, with $11,306 in donations and expenditures of $7,473.

Incumbent Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer has raised $10,328 and spent $6,631.

Challenger Kathy Austin, a former mayor, has raised $5,545 and spent $3,202.

Challenger Colleen Fernald stated she will receive and spend less than $1,000.

The financial disclosure statements cover the period of July 1 to Oct. 20.

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