Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, left,
is hoping to fend off Bryan Parker this June.
Bryan Parker’s nascent campaign for Alameda County supervisor is showing mettle after posting year-end fundraising totals of $117,000, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The totals, compiled since Parker began his campaign last September to unseat long-time Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, are some of the largest seen by any supervisorial challenger in years.
Parker’s fundraising figures also signal the June primary campaign will be a hard-fought affair, a first for a portion of local government that has rarely seen an incumbent supervisor face a contested race over the past three decades.
Miley’s campaign has not yet released its 2015 year-end campaign finance report, but through the end of last June, Miley had reported just 4,043 in available cash. However, that was wiped out by $4,407 in outstanding debts to his campaign.
Although not known as a prodigious fundraiser, Miley’s campaign is expected to have ramped up his fundraising over the past few months with help from former state Senate pro tem Don Perata, who is believed to be aiding Miley's effort.
Perata supported Parker’s bid in 2014 for Oakland mayor and reportedly sent him a highly negative letter urging Parker not to run for county supervisor. Instead, suggesting Parker run in 2016 for Oakland’s City Council District Seven or Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan’s at-large seat.
That Parker was able to post such significant early fundraising is not surprising based on his 2014 mayoral campaign. During that race, which Parker finished seventh in a 15-person field, he posted over $300,000 in campaign contributions in a race that limits donations to $700.
The general consensus among East Bay politicos is Parker could register similarly high fundraising amounts since the county caps contributions at $20,000.
In addition to Miley and Parker, a third candidate, Ronald Pereira, has filed campaign papers with the county registrar to represent the supervisorial district that includes East Oakland, large portions of unincorporated Alameda County and Pleasanton.
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