The year 2014 has barely begun, and one candidate whose seat is up for grabs this election cycle already has thousands in funds for his upcoming campaign.
Lodi City Councilman Alan Nakanishi has $39,363 in his war chest for re-election this November, according to Fair Political Practices Commission documents filed at Lodi City Hall last month.
Current office holders and open committees in Lodi were required to file their first semi-annual statements by Jan. 31, for the period covering July 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013.
Nakanishi said the funds will be for his bid for re-election to the council. The nearly $40,000 has been collected over the last four years.
Nakanishi said the bulk of his funds were collected during his run for the State Board of Equalization in 2010. He lost to George Runner for the Republican Party nomination to the board, and transferred what was leftover from that campaign to his run for Lodi City Council, he said.
Nakanishi had hinted about six months ago that he may seek a seat on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, but he said Tuesday he will not run for the District 4 seat currently held by Ken Vogel.
Nakanishi’s only campaign contributions reported for this period were $6,500 in loans from Atlanta dentist Kevin Kuniyoshi from 2012, and a $1,000 loan from Pleasanton physician Pamela Tsuchiya last March.
Nakanishi had also received $6,500 in contributions from Pasadena-based Kobayashi & Company in 2012, which he reported last year.
In 2012, Nakanishi also reported receiving $6,500 in campaign funds from R.L. Properties president Robert French of Stockton, $1,300 from Lodi-based George Kishida, Inc. and $600 from Snider Executive Office of Sacramento.
Last year, Nakanishi reported another $300 from Snider Executive Office, as well as $800 from Mobil Devel-Op owner James Baum of Lodi. He also received $2,234 from Kenneth Steers, president and owner of Cameron Park-based FSP Worldwide Transportation.
Nakanishi said the bulk of his funds will be used for advertising and campaign promotion. He said that the cost to print fliers and have aides walk precincts can run in the thousands.
“About $4,000 or $5,000 will go to consultants; mailings can cost about $2,000,” he said. “That money will be gone pretty fast.”
Incumbent Bob Johnson has $17,109 in campaign funds leftover from his 2012 election campaign.
Johnson reported in October of that year he had $22,141, of which $2,500 was from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee. The rest was from five local residents and businesses.
He spent nearly $5,500 of his $22,141 on campaign advertising, and recent expenditures show he donated to local organizations such as the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce, Lodi Sister City Committee, Lodi Boys and Girls Club and Lodi Adopt-A-Child.
Incumbent JoAnne Mounce, who was also re-elected in 2012, reported just $772 leftover from her 2012 campaign.
Mayor Phil Katzakian and Vice Mayor Larry Hansen have both said they will not seek re-election this year. They did not file FPPC documents with the city clerk’s office.
There will be three seats up for grabs, including Nakanishi’s, in November’s election. There have been no campaign announcements this year.
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