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AFL-CIO donation helps Duran best Rockholm in fundraising sweepstakes

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Challenger Jack Duran has pulled ahead of incumbent Rocky Rockholm in the drive for donations. The two are vying for the Roseville seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Rockholm, first elected to the board four years ago, took in $15,624 in donations and spent $22,021, according to information for the Jan. 1-March 17 reporting period his campaign supplied to the county elections division. The primary election is June 8. Duran, a Roseville Joint Union High School District trustee, reported cash receipts of $23,783 and payments from his campaign of $12,030. At the end of the reporting period, Duran had a reported balance of $15,018 while Rockholm had just less than half that, at $7,235. The Duran campaign was bolstered by a $10,000 donation from the Sacramento Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO – his largest contribution received to date. Rockholm’s most generous donors were the United Auburn Indian Community, East Bay Tire Co. of Fairfield and Associates Inc. of Citrus Heights. All contributed $2,500. Duran, an attorney with more than five years experience in Indian law, has received no donations from the Indian Community, which owns Thunder Valley Casino near Lincoln. Duran also received large donations from retired judged William Newsom of Dutch Flat ($1,500), retiree Josephine Rocha of Reno ($1,000), Sacramento-based Operating Engineers Local 3 ($1,000), Sacramento’s Laborers Local 185 Political Action Committee ($1,000), and Bill McAnally Racing of Antelope ($500). Rockholm’s larger donors included SureWest of Roseville ($500), Berkeley attorney William Falik ($500), Diana Cohen of the same address as Falik ($500), and John Mourier Construction of Roseville ($500). Duran has picked up some name recognition, with donations from Roseville Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Roccucci ($200) and her husband, former Roseville mayor Richard Roccucci ($200), former Auburn Supervisor George Beland ($100), former county Democratic Central Committee president Larry Dubois ($100), and Newsom, whose son, Gavin, is mayor of San Francisco. Duran said that his donation totals and list of donors shows the campaign has attracted a “wide, broad-based coalition crossing economic and political spectrums.” “We’re saying ‘enough is enough,’” Duran said. “Now’s the time to go in a different direction.” Rockholm, a retired Roseville policeman, led in one area during the Jan. 1 to March 17 reporting period. While Duran collected $1,523 in donations under $100 and don’t need donor identification, Rockholm reported $2,575. Rockholm’s expenditures included paying consulting fees to Mary Lathrop of Roseville ($5,575), Kent Pollock Communications of Folsom ($2,000) and Te Iwi Boyd ($1,500). Duran’s spending was limited to consulting by Stenhouse Strategies of Folsom ($6,014) and Storefront Political Media ($4,659) for tech support. Rockholm couldn’t be reached for comment.