Beason steams ahead of McGuire in campaign fundraising; Pruett contributes to Scofield’s campaign

In the District 1 county Supervisor race, Nate Beason has received $9,835 in campaign contributions, compared with $1,940 for Sue McGuire, according to new campaign finance reports that I picked up at the Rood Center for a mere $3.50 (as promised previously) and am happy to post here for free as a community service.

Beason has spent $162.61 in the race, while McGuire’s campaign has spent $2,607. McGuire’s accrued expenses (or unpaid bills) total $2,255, according to the report. Her biggest contributor is the new president of the local Tea Party Patriots, Nancy Garcia.

In District 2, tea party activist Barry Pruett contributed $300 to Ed Scofield’s campaign on 9/11, the reports also show. Scofield is running unopposed. Pruett listed a Grass Valley P.O. Box as his address. He has appeared before the BOS on various issues recently, and he writes a political blog.

Beason is a moderate Republican; McGuire is supported by the local tea party. The results show Beason has a considerable head start in this race.

Locals that have criticized some decisions made by Beason, including some leaders of the NCCA, will have to weigh the political risks of opposing him. He has the support of some longtime, staunch conservatives, such as Robinson Enterprises. The local tea party also has been vocal in its support of McGuire (and negative toward Beason), so its popularity and credibility also will be tested in the race.

McGuire lists five contributors: Elaine Meckler ($399), Cheryl Heward ($100), B.A. Gilchrease ($100), Bonnie McGuire ($100) and Garcia ($700).

Beason lists 36 contributors: Margaret McCallum ($100); Simi Lyss ($250); Michael Ferguson ($200); James Adams ($100); Karen Cheleski ($100); John Paye ($100); Fred Buhler ($100); Larry Jostes ($150); William Hackler ($100); Geroge Grayeb ($100); Tom Rice ($100); Charles Maier ($100); Claudia Edwards ($200); David Denney ($100); J.K. Winter ($100); Debbie Leon ($200); Ann Mentzer ($200); Berl Robinson ($200); Ernest Bertram ($990); CDF Firefighters PAC ($1000); Wayne Allen ($100); Richard Carter ($100); Gerald Angrove ($100); Vice Adm J.C. Dawson ($200); Elizabeth Tyler ($200); Al Dover ($100); Betty Hahn ($100); Major General O.K. Steele, USMC (ret) ($100); Joyce Pierce ($100); Thomas Dunham ($100); Joseph Byrne ($250); Gregory Peters ($200); Betty Beason ($250); Doug Brannon ($100); Robinson Family Enterprises ($1,000); and Michael Bratton ($250).

McGuire’s biggest expense is $2,000 to Julie Johnson of Auburn for “campaign manager salary.” Hard right political blogger and tea party advocate Russ Steele had written on his blog that McGuire is now seeking a new campaign manager, as I previously reported.

The committee to elect Ed Scofield in District 2 has raised $4,411. Barry Pruett has contributed $300 to Ed’s campaign on September 11, the finance reports show. Michael Dobbins, publisher of The Wildwood Independent and Penn Valley Courier, also donated $100 to Scofield’s campaign. Robinson Family Enterprises of Nevada City donated $500 to Scofield’s campaign.

The campaign finance reports are for the period from last July 1 to December 31. The next reports are due March 22 and May 24.

The campaign to elect Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson lists a cash balance of $3,134, according to his report.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “Beason steams ahead of McGuire in campaign fundraising; Pruett contributes to Scofield’s campaign”

  1. Just a heads up for anyone who wants to remain anonymous, donate $99 or less to these local races. At least that is the rule for state offices and for federal donate $199 or less to remain anonymous.

    Jeff can you confirm this information? Many people do not like their political leanings to be exposed.

  2. Well, looks like one fire department is flush with cash. Why would a fire department want to contribute to a political campaign? Just feels wrong especially when at least one is looking to hit residents with more taxes.

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