◼ TS A pricey affair: Candidates for Humboldt County offices spent more than $1 million in 2010
...Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos might run unopposed in 2014 as he led all candidates, spending $222,000, according to the forms.
The district attorney's race has also historically proven to be a costly one. In 2006, Gallegos and challenger Worth Dikeman combined to spend almost $325,000 before the primary.
This year, according to the filings, Gallegos and challenger Allison Jackson combined to spend $371,221, with Jackson shelling out almost $150,000. In the end, Gallegos spent the equivalent of $8.80 per vote he received, while Jackson spent $6.47.
Gallegos reported receiving some large single donations, with Blue Lake Rancheria donating $10,000, Benemann Interpreter Services donating $2,000, Joseph Burger Enterprises donating $2,000 and campaign manager Natalynne DeLapp donating $7,000, an amount roughly equivalent to her campaign salary for the filing period, which ran from Oct. 17 to the end of the year.
Jackson's largest reported donation in the filing period came from Dennis Wendt, who pitched in $2,000. The candidate also poured $9,341 of her own money into her campaign.
Gallegos also reported having $41,000 in outstanding loans at the end of the year, with $26,000 of it coming from his wife, local attorney Joan Gallegos....
He is far and above the most expensive elected official in the county. Only his first race received normal funding.