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The four City Council incumbents are way ahead of their opponents in both raising and spending cash ahead of next Tuesday’s election.
In District 2, which stretches along the coast from downtown to Mount Soledad, Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s campaign has raised $104,216 and spent $75,801, according to campaign records filed with the City Clerk’s Office.
Faulconer leads candidates in all four council races in terms of fundraising. In addition, hotelier C. Terry Brown has spent $27,331 and the police officers union has spent $10,301 on the District 2 councilman’s behalf.
His opponent, business attorney Kennan Kaeder, dropped out of the race earlier this spring, citing health reasons. Kaeder’s campaign has, however, raised $4,350 in addition to a $2,700 loan. He has spent $6,199.
In District 4, which is comprised of southeastern neighborhoods, Councilman Tony Young has raised $41,416 and spent $36,015. His opponent, education administrator Bruce Williams, has raised $6,463, spending $1,557 of that figure.
Councilwoman Donna Frye is far ahead of opponents Judy Riddle and Sandy Summers in fundraising for the District 6 race. That district includes Clairemont, Mission Valley and Kearney Mesa. Frye has raised $55,722 and has spent $49,329.
Riddle, a homemaker, has raised $3,796 in addition to a $220 loan. She has spent $3,559. Summers, a businessman, did not have a campaign finance statement on file.
In District 8, which includes the border neighborhoods as well as the communities south of downtown, Councilman Ben Hueso has raised $48,460 and has spent $23,584, which exceeds the war chests for both educator Remy Bermudez and businessman Tim Gomez.
Bermudez finished a close third to School Board President Luis Acle in the same race last November with 15 percent, but failed to make the runoff. She has raised $2,010 in addition to a $7,000 loan, and she has spent $3,632.
Gomez also ran last November, but garnered just 4 percent of the vote. For the June primary, he has raised $625 and has spent $561.