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Temprano leads CCSF board race in campaign contributions

In his second attempt at a seat on the San Francisco community college board, Tom Temprano is out fundraising again — this time raking in more campaign contributions than any other candidate in the race so far.

Campaign finance records filed Monday show the local bar owner and LGBT activist, who unsuccessfully sought a seat on City College of San Francisco’s Board of Trustees last November, has raised $27,283 since January, which is almost $10,000 more than he’d raised this time last year.

Four seats are up for a vote on the board in November, and while three incumbents are up for re-election, longtime Trustee Steve Ngo is letting go of his seat on the recovering board. The Board of Trustees was stripped of its authority in 2013 amid the college’s accreditation crisis but officially regained full control in January.

The new board will be responsible for selecting a permanent chancellor to take over when interim Chancellor Susan Lamb’s contract expires next summer.

In total, Temprano and four other potential candidates for the board brought in $67,838 in campaign contributions from January through June, according to financial statements filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission over the past week.

“I learned a lot running last year and one of the things I took away is getting your campaign started early,” said Temprano, who owns Virgil’s Sea Room in the Mission District and whose contributors include bar owners, bartenders and progressives.

“The more you’re able to fundraise the more you’re able to get your message to your voters,” he added.

Those likely to appear on the November ballot also include incumbents Rafael Mandelman, Alex Randolph and Amy Bacharach as well as former student trustee Shanell Williams.

“Good for Tom,” said Mandelman, the current board president whose own contributions — totaling at $15,590 — were mostly garnered in the early months of the year. “That’s a very strong showing and that’s awesome.”

“It is very hard to raise money for school board and college board races,” Mandelman said.

His colleague Randolph, who Mayor Ed Lee appointed to the board in April 2014, raised $10,281 from contributors including mayoral staffer Francis Tsang and former homeless czar Bevan Dufty.

Randolph said most of the money came from a fundraising event in the last week of June.

Williams, who works full-time as a community engagement specialist for UC San Francisco, said she filed her campaign contribution statement “right at the edge of the deadline.” But Ethics Commission records show she missed the deadline by a day, which will likely result in a small fine.

“We’re doing our best to fundraise,” said Williams. “It’s been a challenging year because I’m a working-class candidate.”

A self-described grassroots candidate, Williams brought in $10,004 from a list of contributors that includes CCSF faculty union head Tim Killikelly and other college educators.

While she has fundraised the least amount, checking in at $4,680, Bacharach said that might not matter considering she was elected to the board in 2014 only having fundraised about $5,000.

“Money is important but it’s not the end all, be all with highly qualified candidates” like herself, Bacharach said.

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