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In Fresno, with the absence of city or countywide races, most of the attention in the local election is on school boards.

Candidates reported their final pre-election fundraising totals, through Oct. 17.

State Center Area 2 Is the Most Costly Race

For the State Center school board — which governs Fresno City College and other local community colleges — the most expensive race is for Area 2. Nasreen Johnson is now in the fundraising lead, with more than $50,000. Johnson works in communications for the ACLU.

Teacher unions have helped with her latest haul. The union representing State Center faculty contributed $9,000 for a total of $19,000 this election; the California Federation of Teachers gave $5,000.

Sevag Tateosian, an analyst with the Fresno County Department of Health, raised more than $37,000. His largest donor for the most recent reporting period was $3,000 from Assemi Group, Inc. — which is a separate corporate entity from Granville Homes, controlled by GV Wire℠ publisher Darius Assemi.

Incumbent Eric Payne shows no money raised or spent. He filed his report on Friday afternoon, even though it was due the day before according to California Fair Political Practices Commission regulations. Payne also filed paperwork the same day to terminate his campaign financial committee.

Sally Fowler has raised the most of any SCCCD candidate at $65,000. She loaned herself $18,000, and picked up $13,000 from the State Center teachers union.

Carol Mills is the overall leader in the Fresno Unified races, raising $57,459. Of that, $24,708 is a loan to herself.

One interesting donor in the Central Unified school board race. Conservative State Center school board member Rich Caglia gave $250 to Central Unified progressive candidate Stacy Williams.

Fresno Unified

Candidate Race Raised Spent
Elizabeth Jonasson Rosas* Fresno Unified Area 2 $3,735 $2,305
Carol Mills* Fresno Unified Area 5 $57,459 $22,795
David Paredes Fresno Unified Area 5 $12,431 $6,459
Alex DeSiga Fresno Unified Area 5 <$2,000 <$2,000
Sharon Clinton Fresno Unified Area 5 <$2,000 <$2,000
Claudia Cazares* Fresno Unified Area 6 $26,571 $14,718
Esteban Pacheco Fresno Unified Area 6 <$2,000 <$2,000
Bill Gates Fresno Unified Area 6 <$2,000 <$2,000


Clovis Unified



Race Raised Spent
Yes on Measure A (Clovis Unified) Measure A $338,005 $397,129
David DeFrank Clovis Unified Area 2 $7,800 $6,500
Jacob Trumble Clovis Unified Area 2 <$2,000 <$2,000
Hugh Awtrey* Clovis Unified Area 4 $32,738 $24,699
Jonathan Holt Clovis Unified Area 4 $20,860 $20,583
Noha Elbaz Clovis Unified Area 4 $12,121 $9,363
Steven Fogg* Clovis Unified Area 5 <$2,000 <$2,000
Chris Casado* Clovis Unified Area 7 $20,146 $19,997
Yolanda Moore Clovis Unified Area 7 $6,701 $6,571


Central Unified

Candidate Race Raised Spent
Yes on Measure D (Central Unified) Measure D $74,437 $45,799
Jason Mehling Central Unified Area 6 $17,960 $14,470
Stacy Williams Central Unified Area 6 $5,913 $3,070
Sandra Flores Central Unified Area 6 $3,625 $2,533
Richard Martinez Central Unified Area 6 $2,301 $6,818
Phillip Cervantes* Central Unified Area 3 <$2,000 <$2,000
Corbin Gunstream Central Unified Area 3 <$2,000 <$2,000
Shawn Brooks Central Unified Area 4 $3,645 $3,178
Bret Rush Central Unified Area 4 <$2,000 <$2,000
Richard Solis* Central Unified Area 5 <$2,000 <$2,000


State Center Community College District

Candidate Race Raised Spent
Eric Payne* SCCCD Area 2 $0 $0
Sevag Tateosian SCCCD Area 2 $37,692 $27,122
Nasreen Johnson SCCCD Area 2 $53,609 $42,656
John Leal* SCCCD Area 3 $2,355 $1,586
Dary Rezvani SCCCD Area 3 $44,084 $29,228
Danielle Parra SCCCD Area 3 $6,185 $6,066
Deborah Ikeda* SCCCD Area 6 $5,575 $4,477
Sally Fowler SCCCD Area 6 $65,040 $41,674
Chris Milton SCCCD Area 6 $657 $891
Richard Caglia* SCCCD Area 7 $38,886 $24,097
Abena Cruise SCCCD Area 7 $5,615 $2,525
Jon Bath SCCCD Area 7 <$2,000 <$2,000


Fresno County Board of Education

Candidate Race Raised Spent
Blake Zante FCBOE Area 2 $22,634 $16,299
Bryan Burton FCBOE Area 2 $13,750 $6,158
Daren Miller* FCBOE Area 3 $24,065 $17,634
James Martinez FCBOE Area 3 $11,989 $9,639
Craig Seber FCBOE Area 3 <$2,000 <$2,000
Arthur Servin FCBOE Area 3 <$2,000 <$2,000
Allen Clyde* FCBOE Area 5 No filing listed


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