San Diego’s District 5 council seat — Republican Mark Kersey announces $75,000 cash-on-hand

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Businessman Mark Kersey reports today he has $75,000 cash-on-hand for his bid to succeed Carl DeMaio as SD City Councilman, 5th district.  Kersey already claims endorsements by Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Kevin Faulconer, and senators  Joel AndersonMark Wyland.  Respected campaign consultant  Stephen Puetz is also on board with Kersey.

If  other S.D. City candidates wish to release preliminary fundraising results before July 31, please write or write to me directly at

……. Some  5th  District  History

District 5 has a memorable history, including Libertarian Republican Fred Schnaubelt, who toppled 12-year Democratic incumbent Floyd Morrow in 1977;  Marine combat veteran Ed Struiksma (1981-1989),  who saw to it that Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch got the pubic services needed by new neighborhoods.

And  Tom Behr (1991-93) who took office after a Recall election, and helped reverse a gerrymandering Council re-map plan (sound at all  familiar?). Carl DeMaio (2009-present)  is leaving the District 5 post to run for SD Mayor next year.

Kersey, a graduate of UCLA and Northwestern, put the $75,000 together in 24 days, from his announcement statement on June 6th.  Donations from others topped $33,000, and the candidate then matched those contributions, per Stephen Puetz.   Kersey jump-started the race with a $15,000 personal loan. The City Clerk’s office lists Richard Carlson as another candidate in Dist. 5.

In his spare time Mark Kersey enjoys “golf, coaching tee ball and taking his 5-year old son Tyler to Padres and Chargers games”.

Stephen Puetz won renown a few years ago when a reporter asked him what it is like to run election campaigns for a living.  “It’s the Puetz” was his deadpan response.


Comments 4

  1. This amount should keep other potential Republicans out. Good dollar amount for Kersey.

  2. This may be the first time Jim has ever been praised for “best use of graphics” and critiqued in the same day. Hey, we like Mr. Sills’ photoshopping techniques. It’s one of the things that makes Rostra so … colorful!

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