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Horsley outraises Vargas 3-to-1 in race for San Mateo County supervisor seat

By Bonnie Eslinger

Daily News, 10/22/10

Former San Mateo County sheriff Don Horsley has outraised April Vargas nearly three-to-one this yearin campaign funds in the race to fill the District 3 county supervisor seat, campaign finance statements filed this week show.

Horsley, 66, has collected $249,528 since Jan. 1, including $15,674 in the first two weeks of October. Vargas, 60, a small business owner, has raised $74,662, including $5,264 in the first half of the month. The latest statements cover the period from Oct. 1 to 16.

Horsley, president of the Sequoia Healthcare District board, collected big bucks this month from two firms Vargas has railed against: Cargill Salt and DMB Associates, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based firm that aims to develop 1,436 acres of salt ponds in Redwood City. He got $1,000 from each company.

Vargas has been outspoken in her opposition to the project, calling it "Cargill's city in the Bay" in one piece of campaign literature.

The project won't come before the board of supervisors, said Horsley.

"I would never take money from a developer with a project before the board," he said.

Major donations to Vargas' campaign this month included $1,000 from the National Women's Political Caucus and $150 from the Women's Campaign Forum Political Action Committee.

In the June primary, Horsley won 39.1 percent of the vote, with Vargas coming in second at 23.6 percent. A runoff was sparked because neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote to succeed Supervisor Rich Gordon, who is running for Assembly District 21.

Horsley has received endorsements from congresswomen Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough; state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto; and the San Mateo County Labor Council.

Vargas is backed by the San Mateo County Democratic Party, the Sierra Club and the San Mateo County Green Party.

District 3 covers the largest area of the county's five supervisorial districts, encompassing the Coastside, Atherton, Redwood Shores, San Carlos, Portola Valley, Woodside and unincorporated pockets on the Peninsula.


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