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Roberts’ campaign contributions lead Galt High board hopefuls

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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2000 10:00 pm

A campaign committee for Sue Roberts has collected more than $3,000 in her bid for one of two available seats on the Galt Joint Union High School District board.

The Committee for Academic Excellence, run by math department chairman Bob Rappleye, has received $3,218.50 in contributions and $197.22 in nonmonetary contributions on Roberts’ behalf.

Another candidate, Dennis Richardson, has collected $1,337.50 in total contributions.

Board President Lori Heuer and challenger Gary Silva declared they have raised less than $1,000.

Heuer, Silva, Richardson and Roberts are competing for two seats on the Galt High board. Incumbent Don Siegalkoff is not seeking re-election this year.

The largest contributors to the Committee for Academic Excellence were by Galt businesswoman Doris Reeves and Fresno physician Warren Gade, who contributed $500 apiece. Ralph Shulz, a teacher, gave $450 to the campaign.

Roberts herself contributed $100 to the committee, along with several other teachers — Sig Anderson, Bridget Berlin, Jana Din, Ann Millet, Mike Millet and Alex Nicolaou. Rappleye gave $200.

Rappleye also donated $100 to Richardson’s campaign, while Mel’s Construction in Lodi contributed $300. Richardson’s biggest contributor, however, was trustee Pat Maple, who spent $912.50 on campaign signs for Richardson.

For the Galt-area seat on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board, incumbent Susan Patterson of Folsom has collected more than $15,000 in contributions, while challenger Tahnya Ballard of Rancho Cordova collected almost $11,000.

Neither SMUD candidate received any contributions from Galt-area residents or businesses.

Patterson’s largest contribution was $5,000 from the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 477 Political Fund in Sacramento. She also received money ranging from $100 to $500 from four of her colleagues on the SMUD board — Lawrence R. Carr, Linda A. Davis, Peter R. Keat and Genevieve Shiroma. There are seven seats on the SMUD board.

Ballard’s campaign received $5,000 from the Rico Oller for Senate campaign and $100 from former Assemblyman Larry Bowler of Elk Grove. She also received three other contributions totaling $3,500.

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