James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 10/07/2010 05:55:05 PM PDT

Incumbent County Supervisor Paul Biane has raised and spent much more campaign cash than challenger Janice Rutherford, who is challenging Biane in November’s election, but Rutherford raised more over the past three months and has more cash on hand going into the final weeks of the campaign.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, Biane raised $131,267 in cash and another $30,000 in loans – $10,000 each from Supervisors Brad Mitzelfelt, Josie Gonzales and Gary Ovitt. Rutherford, meanwhile, raised $146,919 in cash and has loaned herself $100,000.

In all, Rutherford reported having $155,188 left to spend as of Sept. 30, while Biane reported having $62,295.

Rutherford said her fundraising edge over the past few months “is reflective of what I’m hearing from the voters – their anger for incumbents and their desire for change.”

Biane and Biane campaign workers did not return calls for comment.

Rutherford said she loaned herself $100,000 because it’s been difficult raising the necessary campaign funds.

“Donors who used to write very large checks are not writing as large of checks,” she said. “My husband and I decided to put our money where our mouth is and loan the money. I’m confident. I feel good about (the campaign), but there’s 26 days left to communicate with voters and you can’t communicate with voters unless you have the dollars.”

She said deciding how to best spend down her campaign war chest will be key.

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