10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 3, 2011
By BRIAN ROKOS
Robert Jenkins, backed by $5,000 contributions from the San Bernardino city firefighters and police officers associations, has raised far more money than the other two candidates in the Ward 2 City Council election, documents show.
Jenkins, John Longville and Jerry Martin are competing in the special mail-in election for the seat vacated by Jason Desjardins. Ballots are due July 12, and the results will be announced that night. Whoever receives the most votes wins.
For the period of Jan. 1 through May 28, Jenkins raised $11,070, John Longville $4,961 and Martin $2,473, according to campaign finance statements filed with the city clerk’s office.
Jenkins, a special-education teacher and a neighborhood association president, said each of the candidates interviewed with the San Bernardino Professional Firefighters and San Bernardino Police Officers Association before receiving their backing.
“I have been a strong advocate that we need to fund the necessities,” Jenkins said in a phone interview. “I always believe that strong public safety is a necessity. I think when people feel safe they will shop and move to San Bernardino.”
Jenkins said he would not be influenced by the contributions when the fire and police contracts come up for renewal.
“I’m not beholden to anyone. I made that clear to anybody who endorsed me,” Jenkins said.
He said spending for public safety in San Bernardino is dangerously low. He said he would find money by examining administrative costs, raising money through administrative penalties and cutting nonessential programs.
Jenkins had spent $8,265 on his campaign as of May 28, with $3,822 going to Chris Jones consulting.
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