The biggest player, financially, in the 2010 Hesperia Unified school board race waited to fire most of their guns until the last minute in the campaign.
The last set of campaign financial disclosure statements for 2010 were due to be submitted to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters by Jan. 31, and cover the period from two weeks before the election through the end of the year. During that time, the Hesperia Teachers Association Political Action Committee spent two-thirds of its campaign expenditures in the last three weeks of the election.
Hesperia Teachers Association
Between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, the HTA PAC spent $13,844, bringing their total expenditures during the campaign season to $20,731.
The biggest expenditures included $3,977 each for mailers for candidates Niccole Childs and Lee Rogers, $2,0039 to Stones' Phones for automated calls endorsing the candidates, $1,500 as a contribution to Rogers' campaign fund and $545 in polling data for each candidate.
The PAC also raised an additional $3,500 during the final reporting period of 2010, bringing their total contributions for the year to $26,390. The contribution came from the Sacramento-based PAC California Teachers Association Association [sic] for Better Citizenship.
The union had endorsed two candidates: incumbent Rogers and newcomer Childs. Rogers narrowly lost her bid for reelection, while Childs was elected to the school board.
Candidate Dave Holtz spent the bulk of his campaign funds in the waning weeks of the 2010 campaign. Between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, he spent $994 dollars. His total expenses over the course of the campaign were $1,205. Holtz, who finished 7th in a field of 14 candidates, spent the money on a Daily Press ad and partially repaying a loan to his campaign committee from his personal bank account.
Two-time school board candidate Lindsay both raised and spent modestly in the final days of the race: He raised $30 and spent $35, bringing his total campaign expenditures this time around to $1,268. The money was spent to pay down the balance on the credit card he'd taken out for his campaign committee.
Lindsay finished 10th in the school board race.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 9, the registrar's office did not have the financial records from other local candidates available. Hardy Black, Niccole Childs, Lee Rogers and Eric Swanson have not filed yet and have been notified, according to a registrar's office staff member.
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