On Tuesday the campaign contributions of Seat 6 Pasadena Unified School Board incumbent Tom Selinske, while reporting that challenger Sean Baggett's most up-to-date campaign contribution reports had not been filed on time. The election is next Tuesday.
The reports have now been submitted to the Pasadena City Clerk's office, and below we present a report on Baggett's contributors.
In March's primary election Selinske came in at just under the necessary "50 percent plus one" majority, getting about 47.3 percent of the total ballots cast. His challenger, local Tea Party-backed candidate , took home about 35 percent of the vote.
Since that vote, the race has , with news of Baggett's previous criminal record coming to light, and Baggett allies accusing Selinske of improperly voting on a PUSD contract that would benefit a former campaign worker.
Candidate: Sean Baggett
Total cash contributions: $17,692
Non-cash contributions: $4,500
Loans received: $1,600
-Baggett's single largest contributor was Kim Kenne, who was elected to PUSD Seat 2 in March's primary election. She gave his campaign two donations totaling $4,500. Board members Ramon Miramontes and Scott Phelps each made non-monetary contributions estimated at $1,500 each to pay for Baggett's campaign mailings. The Pasadena Weekly reported in February that Miramontes and Phelps were targeting the incumbent candidates in the board race, and were also supporting Kenne, so these contributions could be seen as confirmation of that.
-Baggett was supported by members of the Pasadena Patriots (though he has said he is not a member), a local Tea Party-affiliated group, and received a $150 contribution from Michael Alexander, the head of the group.
-Several local construction firms, contractors, or development companies, some of which have done work for school districts appear on his list of contributors, including:
- Telacu Construction Management - $2,500
- Del Terra Real Estate Services Inc., a construction management firm - $2,500
- The Seville Group, Inc. - $1,500
- Prieto Maintainence Inc. - $500
- Orbach, Huff, and Suarez LLP, which handles construction contracts for local firms - $500
- Techzone Networks, which does contract I.T. work - $500