Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Jacob Piles Up Heavy Cash, Faces Only One Challenger
Longtime incumbent San Diego county supervisor Dianne Jacob, facing just one challenger in her bid for re-election this year, has built up a daunting campaign war chest, thanks to some of the county's wealthiest special interests.
The situation is similar to that of Jacob's fellow GOP supervisor Greg Cox, also flush with campaign cash this election season, who has drawn only one last-minute opponent, deputy San Diego city attorney Brant Will.
At the end of last year, according to her most recent disclosure, East County's Jacob was sitting on $394,221 of cash in the bank and reported having no campaign debts.
$93,168 of that total was raised last year.
Contributors during the final six months of 2011 included James Neal Blue, chairman of General Atomics, maker of the Predator drone in use by U.S. forces over Afghanistan and Pakistan; Linden Blue, vice chairman of General Atomics; manager Dave Pettycord, also of General Atomics; Qualcomm project manager Traci Brown; Cox Communications vice president Francie Mallace, of Scottsdale, Arizona; Terry Brown, president of Atlas Hotels; Charles Wylie, president and CEO of C. E. Wylie Construction; La Jolla multi-millionaire Leon Parma; and Republican lobbyist Paul Robinson.
Top vendor to the campaign was GOP political consultant Tom Shepard & Associates, which received $6507.
According to a candidate roster posted online by the county Registar of Voters, Jacob's opponent is Rudy Reyes, billed as a "Reverend/Scientist/Archeologist."
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