The power of incumbency proved itself out with the disclosure that Ken Lane has amassed a $12,724 campaign war chest to retain his four-year council seat.
What his two other challengers have raised for the same finance period of Sept. 22 through Oct. 19 pales by comparison. Linda Ryno reported that her campaign raised $4,199, and Hugo Molina collected $2,275 to date.
Lane spent $5,021 on his campaign prior to Oct. 19, including campaign signs, a marketing firm and political mailers. Donations included $250 from Newman-Romano of Modesto, $100 from FF&J Architects of Turlock, $100 from Phil de la Porte, $250 from former county supervisor Paul Caruso, $500 from Grewal Holdings, $500 from Silver Line Express in Empire, $500 from Onkar Builders and $500 from Ceres Recycling Center. Ceres resident Bill Bhatti of Onkar Builders previously donated $800 to Lane. Previous donations to Lane also include $2,500 from Bertolotti Ceres Disposal, $2,000 from Ceres concrete contractor K&D Enterprises, $1,000 from Dr. Daniel Lucky, $2,500 from M&B Residential of Turlock, $500 from County Supervisor Jim DeMartini and $100 each from Jim Bear, Ed Persike and Sid Long.
Lane in turn donated $624 to Molina to cover voter guide slate cards.
Ryno collected $3,699 in the latest reporting period for a grand total of $4,199. Her contributors included the Northern California District Council of Laborers in Sacramento, which gave $2,500; IBEW Local #684 which gave $250, Teamsters Joint Council #7 which gave $500, and Caruso who wrote a $200 check. Ryno loaned her own campaign $500. Ryno reported a $500 contribution from her mother, Elfriede Fitzwater, a Manteca senior citizen in the prior reporting period. Ryno's greatest expenses were in campaign signs and print ads.
Molina reported taking in just $357 from Sept. 22 through Oct. 19 for a total of $2,275. Those contribution sources were not revealed since they were under $100. He reported spending just $903.
Prior to Sept. 22 Molina received $915 in contributions coupled with a $1,000 loan to his own campaign. State Senator Anthony Cannella cut Molina's campaign a $500 check and Jake Zuniga of Power House Realty contributed $100. The Ceres Planning Commission also reported receiving $315 in non-monetary campaign contributions.