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Donations roll in for Huntington Beach council and city attorney candidates

Donations roll in for Huntington Beach council and city attorney candidates
Sixteen Huntington Beach residents are vying for four available seats on the seven-member City Council, pictured in a meeting video. Two more candidates are running to be city attorney. (City of Huntington Beach)

Sixteen candidates are eyeing a seat on the Huntington Beach City Council in the Nov. 6 election, in which voters will select four candidates to serve on the seven-member council.

Mayor Mike Posey, Mayor Pro Tem Erik Peterson and council members Barbara Delgleize and Billy O’Connell are running for reelection.

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Voters also will decide whether to extend City Attorney Michael Gates’ four-year term.

Below are all candidates’ campaign finance disclosures in the January to June filing period, except for Amory Hanson, Daniel Schlosser, Darren Ellis and Michael Simmons, whose information was unavailable.

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Total contributions include cash and non-monetary donations. Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar and candidates are listed alphabetically.

City Council candidates

Brian Burley

  • Total contributions received: $1,642
  • Expenditures made: $1,364
  • Beginning cash balance: $1,614
  • Ending cash balance: $1,891

Newcomer Burley works in information technology at USC. His campaign received three $100 donations from Larry McNeely and Michael Allen. Burley has an outstanding $3,000 loan to himself.

Kim Carr

  • Total contributions received: $6,395
  • Expenditures made: $833
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $5,812

Carr, a national sales manager for a television station in San Diego, received 21 donations for her campaign. Top donors included Ecology Container Storage, David Walling and Stephen Carr. She has a self-loan balance of $1,000.

Barbara Delgleize (incumbent)

  • Total contributions received: $12,091
  • Expenditures made: $7,087
  • Beginning cash balance: $4,922
  • Ending cash balance: $9,926

The real estate broker and Surf City resident of more than 45 years served as mayor in 2017. Delgleize also served four years on the city Planning Commission.

Her campaign netted seven $560 donations, the maximum allowed per person, from Poseidon Resources, Zack’s Pier Plaza, AES Corp., Huntington Beach-based Premier Girls Fastpitch and the California Apartment Assn.

She has a balance of $6,000 in self-loans.

Kevin “KC” Fockler

  • Total contributions received: $2,445
  • Expenditures made: $1,482
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $1,181

Fockler, a longtime local resident and educator, received his top donations from Lisa Barrett and Ted McFadden.

Dan Kalmick

  • Total contributions received: $14,115
  • Expenditures made: $4,526
  • Beginning cash balance: $10,204
  • Ending cash balance: $19,793

Kalmick, who has served on the Planning Commission the past five years, netted 52 donations. His top donors included the Orange County League of Conservation Voters, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council Local 911 and Arizona-based Republic Services.

Don Kennedy

  • Total contributions received: $8,310
  • Expenditures made: $2,381
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $6,204

Kennedy, a longtime youth sports coach, received donations from 17 people. His campaign has a self-loan balance of $2,000.

Shayna Lathus

  • Total contributions received: $21,251
  • Expenditures made: $7,681
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $14,376

Lathus has been a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District for more than 15 years. She received 55 donations, with some of the biggest coming from Ocean View School District trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin and state Assembly candidate Josh Lowenthal. Lathus’ campaign has a balance of $10,000 in self-loans.

Billy O’Connell (incumbent)

  • Total contributions received: $60,057
  • Expenditures made: $6,525
  • Beginning cash balance: $11,070
  • Ending cash balance: $62,805

The businessman received 44 donations, including the maximum allowed amounts from the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn., National Union of Healthcare Workers, California Teamsters Public Affairs Council, Newport Beach-based Corona Holding, Los Angeles-based Forever View and the District Council of Iron Workers.

His campaign has a balance of $54,502 in loans.

Erik Peterson (incumbent)

  • Total contributions received: $29,086
  • Expenditures made: $11,929
  • Beginning cash balance: $11,687
  • Ending cash balance: $28,844

Earlier this year, Peterson helped push for a city lawsuit against state mandates such as Senate Bill 54 that expand protections for undocumented immigrants. The suit is moving forward, with a trial scheduled for September.

Peterson received 88 donations, with top backers including Zack’s Pier Plaza, Jack’s Surfboards and several local residents. He has a self-loan balance of $6,300.

Mike Posey (incumbent)

  • Total contributions received: $34,676
  • Expenditures made: $11,127
  • Beginning cash balance: $1,874
  • Ending cash balance: $25,424

The theme of Posey’s term has been regaining and retaining local control against outside influences, such as the state Legislature. He helped spearhead the city’s lawsuit against SB 54.

Posey’s campaign received 73 donations, including contributions from top supporters such as AES, Irvine-based Mills Land and Water Co., Huntington Surf and Sport and Signal Hill Petroleum Inc. He has aself-loan balance of $18,078.

Charles Ray

  • Total contributions received: $4,139
  • Expenditures made: $510
  • Beginning cash balance: $500
  • Ending cash balance: $4,193

Ray, a lawyer in Newport Beach, received 14 donations, with top contributions from Huntington Beach residents Brian Dutko, Matthew Truran, James Queen and Kandi Queen.

Ron Sterud

  • Total contributions received: - $4,885
  • Expenditures made: $13,340
  • Beginning cash balance: $51,654
  • Ending cash balance: $32,812

Local small-business owner Sterud’s contributions had a negative balance because he paid off $40,000 of self-loans; he now has a self-loan balance of $25,000. He received 66 donations, with top ones coming from Councilwoman Lyn Semeta and several community members.

City attorney candidates

Jerry Friedman

  • Total contributions received: $1,432
  • Expenditures made: $430
  • Beginning cash balance: $0
  • Ending cash balance: $1,396

The city recently told Friedman he was disqualified from running for city attorney because he didn’t graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Assn. He filed a lawsuit asking the California Supreme Court to declare the requirement unconstitutional and reinstate him to the race.

Friedman’s campaign received six donations, with the largest from an attorney from Houston. He also received a $100 donation from Daniel Horgan, a former client who tried circulating a petition seeking a ban on semiautomatic and automatic guns in Huntington Beach.

Friedman has a $300 self-loan balance.

Michael Gates (incumbent)

  • Total contributions received: $25,122
  • Expenditures made: $15,101
  • Beginning cash balance: $100,061
  • Ending cash balance: $110,082

Several Huntington Beach residents gave maximum allowed donations to see Gates continue as city attorney. Gates has represented the city in its lawsuit challenging “sanctuary city” laws and against an affordable-housing advocacy group. He has a self-loan balance of $161,652.

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