Ron “Mik” Mikulaco spent a little more than $5,000 to run for and win the El Dorado County District 1 seat in Tuesday’s election, while incumbent Supervisor John Knight spent $21,000.
According to the county’s “Semi-Official Election Night Final Report,” Mikulaco was leading incumbent John Knight by a margin of 53 percent to approximately 46.5 percent.
Of the total votes counted 7,538, for the final report, recorded at 16 minutes past midnight Wednesday morning, Knight had 3,510 and Mikulaco had 4,012. Elections Department officials told the Mountain Democrat that the count included mail-in ballots as well as ballots submitted at polling stations.
Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz explained that 5,500 absentee ballots countywide, that is, spread throughout all five districts had not yet been counted as of noon Wednesday. He suggested that while possible, the number was not likely to alter results in any individual, local races.
Mikulaco’s Recipient Committee Campaign Statement posted May 19 the Elections Department showed Year to Date income of $7,395. Of that amount, $5,047 was received in cash, and $2,348 represented a loan to the campaign by an individual, Gregory Fernandez of Huntington Beach. The largest cash contribution to his campaign $1,600 came from contractor RJP Framing of El Dorado Hills.
Overall expenditures totalled $3,077 between Jan. 1 and May 19, according to the documentation. The largest single income/expenditure was listed as a fundraiser held April 19. That event reportedly cost $900 and returned the same amount to the campaign.
By contrast, Knight’s campaign statement showed $18,929 in cash contributions between Jan. 1 and May 19 while expenditures ran to $21,286. Knight received $1,500 each from the Sacramento Builders Exchange and from the Auburn Holding Corporation. They were the largest single amounts contributed. His campaign war chest also included residual amounts in loans from himself, from the Committee to Elect Helen Baumann and from his mother’s trust. All loans reportedly originated in 2008.
Knight spent roughly $7,000 alone on mailers, his single largest campaign expenditure. His website and design cost another nearly $2,000. The cost of stamps and computer-printer ink were about equal at $90 and change each. The incumbent had been endorsed by the Mountain Democrat, the Sacramento Bee and several local Chambers of Commerce.
Incumbent District 2 County Supervisor Ray Nutting held on to a wide lead over challenger George Turnboo. The figures put out in the Semi-Official Election Night Final Report show Nutting with 67.9 percent of the 8,582 votes counted.
Nutting’s campaign spent significantly more than either his opponent or any other candidate for Districts 1 and 2. Cash contributions reportedly totaled $24,291 from January through May 19, while non-monetary donations were shown to be $179. The Sacramento Builders Exchange topped all supporters with a $1,500 contribution. Serrano Associates and Town Center East of El Dorado Hills gave $1,000 each to the campaign. The El Dorado County Employees Association’s parent entity Public Employees Union Local 1 also contributed $750 toward Nutting’s reelection.
Nutting spent $3,700 on consulting with Dan Dellinger and almost $4,700 on advertising in the Clipper. Another $3,000-plus each went for catering and postage, while signage ran $2,600 and $2,700 more went to the Mountain Democrat for ads.
George Turnboo, trying for the second time to unseat Nutting, reported cash receipts of $6,077 and non-money contributions of $2,075. On the expenditure side, Turnboo showed $13,866 going out for printing, mailing and advertising, some of which was done by his campaign manager Laurel Stroud.
The campaign gave $1,200 to Blue Streak Towing of El Dorado for a 1976 Mercedes coupe which became a raffle prize. The raffle brought in $320. Turnboo had better luck with traditional fundraisers, showing income of $549 and $345 from a breakfast in Mt. Aukum and a chili cookoff, respectively. Another $495 came in via a fundraiser at the Bass Lake Country Club.
The campaign listed a non-monetary contribution of $1,500 for art design and research from Judy and Dennis Mathat.
Candidates for Superior Court Judge are required to file their campaign documents with the state rather than the county and are subject to different elections regulations than local candidates.