Turnage leads in fundraising for latest period, total spending in Antioch Council race

By Allen Payton

The latest campaign financial reports, submitted by candidates in the Antioch City Council race, and due on Thursday, September 29, shows Ken Turnage II in the lead in contributions received for the reporting period and total expenditures made for the campaign. However, Councilwoman Monica Wilson has a slight lead in overall fundraising.


The report for the period ending September 24th shows Turnage has raised $10,445 and loaned his campaign $2,000 for a total of $12,445 in total contributions, and has spent $11,249. But, his first report for the year shows an additional $2,950 in contributions bringing the total for his campaign to $15,395.

8:20 PM, 10/3/16 UPDATE: However, Turnage informed the Herald, Monday night, that he had returned the contributions reported on his first form, when he dropped out of the race, this summer. He later re-entered the race and many of his supporters contributed, again. Turnage said he will file an amended 460 form to reflect those refunds and that the amounts reported on his 460 form dated 9/29/16 are correct. While it still means he raised the most funds for the reporting period, the corrected information gives Wilson a slight edge in total fundraising for the campaign. (Please see, below).

8:20 PM, 10/3/16 CORRECTION: Most of Turnage’s contributions are from within Antioch. His largest contributions include $1,500 from Antioch resident Gloria Martin, $1,500 from Gordon Gravelle of Suncrest Homes in Antioch, $1,000 from Michael Lippitt of Danville, and $500 each from Antioch Realtor Rick Fuller and Joe Stokely of Stokely Properties a property management firm in Walnut Creek.

Most of his expenditures were also in Antioch, with his largest individual expense of $4,334 to The Print Club in Antioch. Turnage also paid a total of $5,170 to two southern California companies for slate mailers, as well as $500 to Emily Bernardi an Antioch-based website developer. He ended the period with $1,197 cash on hand.


As in her campaign for County Supervisor, earlier this year, almost all of Councilwoman Monica Wilson’s contributions were from outside of Antioch, and most of her expenditures were, as well. She raised $5,445 during the reporting period and a total of $6,897.09 for her re-election campaign, so far this year. But, she formed her committed in 2014 and with the amounts received that year and in 2014, her total amount received is $12,527.09 for her campaign.

While she spent $4,317.75 during the period, Wilson’s report shows she has spent a total of $9,852.29 during her campaign, this year. Her expenditures for her campaign total $11,819.67. However, in February she transferred $5,209.54 to her Supervisor campaign committee. So, Wilson has only spent $6,610.13 on her re-election campaign, placing her in a close third place for expenditures behind Lamar Thorpe (see below).

She has an ending cash balance of $1,127.25 with no accrued expenses or outstanding debts.

Wilson’s largest contributions include $1,500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, $1,000 from Republic Services, Antioch’s Pacheco-based garbage contractor, $800 from a retired teacher in San Rafael, $500 each from PG&E, political consultant Melody Howe Weintraub of Lafayette, and Louisa Zee Kao, of Hillsborough, the President of the Zika Group, which is the owner and developer of the former Higgins Ranch in Antioch’s Sand Creek area, and $320 from herself. Her only reportable contribution from within Antioch was $100 from school board president Diane Gibson-Gray.

Wilson’s expenditures include $1,568.52 to AABCO printing in Concord, $851.44 at a restaurant in Lafayette, $832 for signs from a printer in Richmond, $700 to a Florida consulting firm for web services, and $665.32 for campaign signs from a company in Kentucky.


In third place for fundraising is Lamar Thorpe with $9,574.33 during the reporting period. He’s in second place for spending, just ahead of Wilson, having spent $6,848.91 and had an ending cash balance of $2,725.42.

Like Wilson, most of Thorpe’s contributions were from outside of Antioch, from people throughout the state and country. His largest contributions were $1,000 from Operating Engineers 3, $972.33 from himself, $527 from his wife, $500 from a business owner in Maryland, and $400 from a businessman in Texas.

Most of his expenditures were also made outside of Antioch. His largest expenses were $2,208 on slate mailers with companies in southern California, $965.60 for advertising on Facebook, $704.51 for a banner from a company in Texas, $621.03 for campaign software, $480.13 on phones, and $479.53 on signs from another business in Texas.

Thorpe appears to believe in complete transparency and full disclosure, as he reported every contribution and expense, even though the rules only require details on those of $100 or more.


Councilwoman Mary Rocha’s reports show she had contributions of $8,042 and is in a close fourth place for expenditures at $6,146 for her re-election campaign. However, her latest report is off by $96.82, as Rocha’s expenditures actually total $6,242.82.

Her largest contributions include $2,500 from Republic Services, $1,000 from Antioch landowners and developers Lucia and Monte Albers of Brentwood and $500 from former Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan of Alamo. Only $1,252 of her reportable contributions were from people in Antioch.

Rocha’s largest expenditures were $1,777.62 for printing of a mailer to Markots in Brentwood, $1,395.20 for printing to AABCO in Concord, $700 for advertising to the Herald.

Rouse & Dietzel

Fred Rouse and Karl Dietzel each submitted a form 470 declaring they will receive and spend less than $2,000 in their campaigns.

As of August 10th, candidates are required to report any contribution of $1,000 or more within 24 hours. Those reports and each candidate’s 460’s can be seen, below. NOTE: We will post Wilson’s report(s) from 2014, when she formed her 2016 committee, once they are received.

The next filing period ends on October 22 and the second pre-election campaign finance reports are due on the 27th.
















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3 Comments to “Turnage leads in fundraising for latest period, total spending in Antioch Council race”

  1. karl dietzel says:

    hello readers,
    the warning signs are up and in the open.
    as everybody an see, outside powers are pulling the strings, trying to get control of our local city council candidates .
    outside special interest groups, developers, investors, even out of state people and organization donate.

    where does that leaves the interests of antioh voters?

    please do not vote for the very same people and expect different results.

    karl dietzel for city council of antioh


  2. Spent my own money. No contributions. Paid for everything here in Antioch. This coming from a guy who scrapes by every month just to pay the mortgage just like most of the rest of our Citizens. Let’s really see who keeps their promises. Time to consider what these donations really mean to our future City Leadership. I will be a public servant, serving you and only influenced by the feedback I get from you.

  3. Lamar Thorpe says:

    Hi Fred and Karl,

    As you know, I appreciate both of you. But understand that you’re looking at is lists with names, occupations and addresses. No where on these forms does it ask to state relationship, which leaves things open to interpretation. I can’t speak for other candidates but just so that there is no confusion, individuals who have contributed to my campaign are mostly friends from my time in high school (in Los Angeles), the Navy (around the world), college (in Washington, DC) and locally.

    The breakdown of individuals who have contributed to my campaign is as follows:

    SGHS: 9 (classmates and a few former teachers)
    Navy: 11 (most I served with on the USS FRANK CABLE in Guam)
    GWU: 19 (classmates and former student gov colleagues)
    Local/Contra Costa: 22 (most from Antioch and a few others from surrounding areas)
    Family: 14
    Other: 3

    The 3 largest contributions I received came from OE3 (many of their members live in Antioch); my cousin Kamya Walker in Maryland (who happens to be a business owner); and Jason Schienthal a close friend I met at GWU who happens to be in business development for his dad in Texas.

    Thank you! -LT

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