Why do you donate to council candidates and what, if anything,
do you expect in return?
Frank Alegre, Alegre Trucking
Donated to all five council members. Total:
“I don’t expect anything in return. If they do something for me
and are bought out for the little I donate, then they are that
cheap, and don’t deserve to be in office.
I donate because I know the people and out of the goodness of my
heart. I don’t make my money in Lodi; I never have. If I think they
are worth it, I help them, but when they are in office and don’t
perform, I don’t donate again.”
Melanie Pennino, President of the Lodi Board of Realtors
Political Action Committee
Donated to Bob Johnson, JoAnne Mounce, Phil Katzakian
and Larry Hansen. Total: $8,850
“Our donations from the association are handled by a separate
committee from the Board of Directors.
We want to support candidates that we feel have our same
philosophy toward private property rights. You are going to support
We are going to support Phil Katzakian, a Realtor, and Bob
Johnson, a former member.
By supporting them, we feel that we have an audience to express
our opinions whenever issues come up. When you have someone in your
organization, you are of course going to support them.”
Donated $300 total to Johnson and Susan
“I expect the fact that they have good common sense and they
will use it as they have to make decision. I was the Public Works
director, and I worked with Susan Hitchcock while she was on the
Planning Commission. She was one of the best commissioners we have
Dave Kirsten, Local business owner and Planning
Donated to Johnson, Hansen, Katzakian and Mounce. Total:
“I expect zero in return. This concept of getting things in
return I don’t find very appealing. Sometimes there is a perception
that if you donate, they owe you some extra consideration.
Luckily, I don’t need extra consideration because I don’t do
business in Lodi. I don’t do business in five states of Lodi.
The reason I give is to stay plugged in to community matters and
to support friends and people who have mentored me. Some of these
people have reached out to me and got me into municipal politics,
and I like to thank them. That is especially true of Larry (Hansen)
and Bob (Johnson). I support them because they have been supportive
of my efforts.”
Donated Mounce, Hansen and Johnson. Total:
“Over the years, I have known all of the city council and all of
the (Lodi Unified) school board members. JoAnne and I were in
I’m not a developer, and I’m not wanting zoning. There is not
really anything I want from them.
I’m impressed with (Mounce’s) candidacy and support her running.
Bob is also in my rotary club, and Larry, his wife and I were on
Boys and Girls Club Board.
My neighbors were having problems with a treatment plant in the
area making loud noises. I told JoAnne and she had someone out
there working on it right away.
They are handy people to know, I just haven’t had many occasions
to ask them for help.”