Six of nine City Council candidates receive endorsementsBy: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
Campaign contributions and spending
Contributions 10/1 to 10/20/2012
Dan Cross $10,924
Allen Cuenca $ 295
Peter Gilbert $ 715
Paul Joiner $11,940
David Kawas $ 470
Spencer Short $ 3,900
Contributions Year to date
Dan Cross $26,343
Allen Cuenca $ 3,838
Peter Gilbert $ 6,561
Paul Joiner $21,679
David Kawas $ 3,624
Spencer Short $25,298
Candidate Year to date
Dan Cross $16,377
Allen Cuenca $ 3,629
Peter Gilbert $ 4,883
Paul Joiner $17,530
David Kawas $ 3,772
Spencer Short $ 6,515
Notes: Candi Schipper, Scott Glaser and Christine Colvin: Schipper and Glaser have not yet qualified because neither has spent nor raised $1,000, the legal threshold. Colvin has thus far opted not to open a campaign committee with the Secretary of State.
Kawas filed his statement one day late on Oct. 26. Statements were due Oct. 25. Candidates spent money on campaign literature, signs, banners, direct mailers, print advertising, pins, bumper stickers and postage.
Area politicians, community leaders and organizations are backing six of the nine candidates running for three seats on the Lincoln City Council.
Candidates receiving endorsements are incumbent Mayor Spencer Short, Councilman Paul Joiner, Dan Cross, Allen Cuenca, Peter Gilbert and David Kawas.
Candidates Christine Colvin, Candi Schipper and Scott Glaser have no endorsements.
Short is endorsed by Interim Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren; Placer County District Attorney Scott Owens; Supervisors Robert Weygandt, Jack Duran and Kirk Uhler; Lincoln Firefighters; Lincoln Police and Fire Mid-management; former Councilman/Mayor Primo Santini; United Auburn Indian Community and Placer County Contractors Association.
“Endorsements demonstrate the ability to work with others and the type of support received,” Short said.
Incumbent Councilman Paul Joiner is endorsed by Shelgren; Owens; Supervisors Weygandt, Duran and Jim Holmes; Santini; Lincoln Firefighters; Lincoln Police and Fire Mid-management; Placer County Republican Party and Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner.
“Endorsements do not come easily,” Joiner said. “A candidate must earn them through word, working relationships and actions. An endorser attaches his or her name and reputation to those they have endorsed…They do not do so lightly.”
Cross is endorsed by Shelgren, Weygandt, Lincoln Police and Fire Mid-management, Bonner, Santini and Placer County Water Agency director Mike Lee.
“Endorsements show who in the community are like-minded,” Cross said. “They are most helpful in validating credentials.”
Gilbert said he has not accepted an endorsement or contribution from anyone but individuals. He said Realtors in the county did not endorse his candidacy but sent him a donation. That donation from California Real Estate Political Action Committee was $500.
“Unlike other candidates, I turned down several offers from companies so that I will not have any obligation real or inferred,” Gilbert said.
Lincoln City Councilmen Stan Nader and Gabriel Hydrick endorsed Cuenca, Gilbert and Kawas. Foothill Bible Church Pastor Verne Nakasone endorsed Kawas.
“I’ve heard it said that the most important endorsement is Election Day,” Cuenca said. “I think endorsements are good and especially those from Lincoln residents. I feel it is wrong for city employees to make endorsements.”
Schipper said endorsements are not that important “in the eyes of voters.”
“I have spoken to many people who don’t weigh their decision on who endorses whom,” Schipper said. “And with some, it’s all about what they (endorsements) stand for and some voters may be swayed by that to not vote for a candidate as well.”
On his website, Glaser said, “Scott does not have nor does he desire any official endorsements from candidates or existing council members. When you review the history of council members elected to the Lincoln City Council over the years you will see one striking big concern and that is candidate endorsements.”