By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
Incumbent city council members in Garden Grove are leading the race for campaign contributions toward the Nov. 6 election, according to documents filed with the city clerk’s office.
The filing period covers Jan. 1 to June 30; another filing was done this week and results of that will be in the Oct. 18 edition of the Journal.
According to the Form 460s, as the campaign contribution and expense paperwork is known, Councilman Bruce Broadwater, who is running for mayor, raised $16,888 during that period. Combined with previously raised money, he had $51,881 in cash on hand.
He had six contributors donating $1000 or more. The top contribution was $2,500 from McWhinney Holiday, a Colorado-based developer who has built several large hotels in Garden Grove. A donation of $1500 was received from city council candidate Phat Bui.
Broadwater was the only one of four mayoral candidates who have raised the minimum amount of $1,000 necessary to have to report contributions.
In the race for two seats on the council, appointed incumbent Kris Beard has raised $10,188, with the largest contribution of $1000 coming from Garden Grove Hyundai. Elected incumbent Steve Jones has raised $2300 and had a total of $5245 on hand. He received $1000 campaign contributions from Ahman Alam, a real estate agent from Fountain Valley, and Fresh Choice Marketplace, a new Garden Grove retailer.
Council candidate Chris Phan has raised $4560, and had $3989 on hand. His biggest contribution of $500 came from Bachtuyet Vuu, whom Phan identified as a retired pharmacist and family friend.
None of the other candidates for city council raised enough money to be required to report contributions.
Broadwater is running for the mayoral post now held by Bill Dalton, who is being “termed out.”
If he wins, that will create a vacancy on the council, which is typically filled by appointment rather than by election.