Tracie Stafford Taps Small Donor Network, Raises Over $31,000 in Elk Grove Mayoral Campaign

February 1, 2018 |  

Information filed yesterday with the Elk Grove City Clerk's office showed candidate Tracie Stafford had raised $31,058 for her 2018 Elk Grove mayoral campaign. Democratic Stafford, who ran in 2016 is challenging fellow party member and incumbent Steve Ly for the two-year term. 

According to the document, Stafford received $20,343 in cash donations, $480 in non-monetary contributions, and two loans totaling $10,235. The majority came in the form of a $10,000 loan from Melanie Herman of Sacramento and the balance from Stafford.

Unlike incumbents who rely on big-dollar contributions from business interests, in her fundraising efforts, the overwhelming majority of Stafford's contributions came as relatively small donations from individuals. Stafford received over 83 separate donations, all but three were from individuals, and the amounts were typically in the $100 to $500 range.

Additionally, Stafford raised $3,378 in unitemized donations of less than $100.

Along with Herman's loan, a notable individual donation of $100 came from Robert Longer, policy director of the Communication Workers of America Local 9421. Longer is a noted activist with ties to the Democratic Party Sacramento County.

During the reporting period ending on December 31, Stafford recorded expenses of $3,955 and finished the year with $26,236 on hand. Stafford is currently the only declared candidate challenging Ly for mayor and in addition to competitively matching his fundraising efforts, ended the year with a near identical cash balance. 

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