Photo by Noe Magaña.
Photo by Noe Magaña.

If it was only about raising funds, Hollister City Council District 3 candidate Dolores Morales would be the clear favorite in the Nov. 2 election, having raised $14,000 more than the next highest candidate, Lauretta Avina. The other three candidates either reported no contributions or did not submit a contribution report. 

Morales reported an additional $9,385 between Sept. 19 and Oct. 16, totaling $19,138. She submitted her contributions report eight days late, which incurs a $10 per day penalty.

As was the case for the first reporting period, unions and out-of-county organizations continued to back Morales. The nine unions listed below contributed $250 to her campaign, totaling $2,250.

  • IUPAT Political Action Together Legislative Education Committee (Maryland)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union (IBEW) No. 617 Political Action Committee (San Mateo)
  • County Employee Management Association (San Jose)
  • San Mateo Building Trades Joint Council PAC#870669 (Foster City)
  • San Francisco Building & Construction Trades PAC (San Francisco)
  • IBEW Local 234 PAC FPPC#1316529 (Castroville)
  • Therma (San Jose)
  • Peace Officers Union PAC AFSCME-LOCAL 1587 (San Jose)
  • Building Trades Council Santa Rosa PAC#900667 (Santa Rosa)

Other contributors include Assemblymember Alex Lee ($250), former Hollister City Council woman Carol Lenoir ($50), former San Benito County supervisor Jim Gillio ($250), San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez ($200), Santa Clara County County Office of Education Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan ($250) and California Senate staff member Tara Sreekrishnan ($150).

The San Benito County Democratic Central Committee also reported expenditures totaling $2,702 in support of Morales for postcards and postage. The committee also reported these contributions in September totaling $4,375:

  • $500 from Cement Masons Local 400 Political Action Committee (Sacramento)
  • $125 from Political Action League for Monterey-Santa Cruz Building & Construction Trades Council (Castroville)
  • $500 from Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 District 90 PAC (Alameda)
  • $500 from County Employee Management Association (San Jose)
  • $2,500 from Northern California Carpenters Regional Council Small Contributor Committee (Oakland)

Other expenditures and contributions in support of Morales according to election documents. 

  • Million More Voters Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, reported a $1,512 expenditure for mailers. It also reported a contribution from EARN International Union of Operating Engineers (Washington) of $17,515 and an expenditure of the same amount for staff time. It also reported a contribution of $1,000 from Anzar Hills Democratic Club (Aromas) and $1,000 from Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council PAC (San Jose).
  • EARN International Union of Operating Engineers (Washington) reported a contribution of $17,515 from Million More Voters Sponsored by the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO. No expenditures were reported. 

After reporting no contributions in the first reporting period, Avina raised $4,742.81 in monetary and non-monetary contributions from local individuals, and one $30 contribution outside of Hollister. Major contributors include John Avina and Juan Guevara with $250 each. She also raised $100 from four other individuals. 

Avina submitted her report four days after the Oct. 21 deadline.

Quintero reported $0 in contributions. McPhail and Rojas did not submit a contribution report. 

Candidates who raise less than $2,000 are not required to report their campaign contributions. Following the election, the next campaign contribution report deadline is Jan. 31, 2022. 


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Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. He is a San Benito High School graduate with a bachelor’s in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts...