An excerpt from the Monterey County Weekly:
"In the race for District 2—North County and part of Salinas—political newcomer Regina Gage, currently the executive director Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, is challenging incumbent John Phillips. Gage has raised about $171,000, from many small donors including former supervisor Karin Stasser-Kauffman; the Democratic Women of Monterey County; LandWatch Executive Director Michael DeLapa; Marina City Councilmember Gail Morton; County Supervisor Jane Parker (who gave a larger total gift, $8,500); Parker's chief of staff, Kristi Markey; MPUSD board member (and a Parker staffer) Wendy Root Askew; HMBY LP (a company owned by businessman Nader Agha); retired judge Kay Kingsley; and Mari Kloeppel, a co-founder of the North County group Friends, Artists and Neighbors (FANs) of Elkhorn Slough.
Her single largest donation, $39,800, came from her husband, Steuart Samuels, who is the executive director of the St. Andrews Residential Programs in San Jose.
Phillips has raised $150,000 for his re-election campaign.
Donors include hospitality, business and agriculture interests, ranging from small ($100) to the thousands. Among them: Ted Balestreri, CEO of Cannery Row Company; Alvarez Brothers LLC, a business trio that started out in the hardware store business; Valley Home Mobile Park; D'Arrigo Brothers; the Nunes Company; Mann Packing chair Lorri Koster; Scheid Vineyards; Dale Huss, a VP at Ocean Mist Farms; John Narigi, owner of the Monterey Plaza Hotel; Bernardus Lodge; restaurateur Bert Cutino; developer Doug Wiele; architect Peter Kasavan; former supervisor Lou Calcagno; San Ardo ranchers Mary Orradre and Melissa Duflock; roofer Pete Scudder; Monterey County Superior Court Judge Mark Hood; developer Mark Kelton, who is behind the controversial Ferrini Ranch development on Highway 68; and Paraiso Springs Resort, a long-stalled project proposed for the Santa Lucia foothills outside of Soledad."