Teacher raises more than $11K
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/18/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – One candidate for the vacant Ward 2 City Council seat has raised more money than his two opponents combined, according to the most recent campaign finance documents filed with the City Clerk’s Office.

Robert Jenkins, a 31-year-old Republican and special education teacher at Norte Vista High School in Riverside, has reported raising more than $11,600 in campaign money, including $5,000 donations apiece from the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters Association and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association.

His opponents together have raised less than $7,500.

Jenkins, who has spent more than $8,200 on his campaign for the seat vacated in February by former Councilman Jason Desjardins, said the fundraising shows he has a broad range of support from city employees and residents but the campaign money won’t sway his votes on the dais should he win.

He said the unions support him because of his strong support for public safety.

“I’m not beholden to any of the individuals who have given me money,” he said. “They have supported me because of the stands I have taken in the past.”

The bulk of Jenkins’ spending has been split roughly between campaign advertising and consulting from Chris Jones, a Northern California political consultant who has worked on several local campaigns.

John Longville, a 61-year-old Democrat and former state assemblyman who is a member of the San Bernardino Valley College College District board – has reported taking in nearly $5,000.

Half of that has come from Rialto real estate broker Scott Beard.

According to campaign finance documents, Longville hasn’t spent any money on his bid for the Ward 2 seat.

But Longville said he has signs and brochures that have been paid for but not billed before the reporting deadline.

His statement was received on June 2.

Longville said he’s also received in-kind donations for some advertising.

He said his past experience with campaigning has shown him he doesn’t need to worry about being behind in fundraising.

“I’ve been in situations where I’ve been outspent before,” he said. “As long as I can raise enough money to put out my own message, I think I’m in pretty decent shape.”

Longville said he is more worried about a bad knee he has from a bicycle accident a few years ago.

“That’s killing me in this campaign because I can’t go out and walk precincts.”

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