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September 26, 2023

Election: City candidates report more campaign funds

Candidates for local city elected offices continue to file campaign funding disclosures with early voting under way for the Nov. 8 election.

In the race for City of Morgan Hill seats, two incumbents—Mayor Steve Tate and Councilwoman Marilyn Librers—last week filed updated “Form 497s,” which are required whenever a candidate receives a contribution totaling $1,000 or more within 90 days prior to the election, according to City Clerk Irma Torrez.

Tate reported a campaign contribution of $1,000 from CA Real Estate, a Los Angeles-based Political Action Committee.

Tate, who is seeking his sixth term as Mayor of Morgan Hill, is running against Kirk Bertolet and Joseph Carrillo.

The mayor also filed his latest Form 460, a list of contributions received since the last reporting period ended in September, a few days before the Oct. 27 deadline. This list shows campaign contributions received by Tate from the CA Apartment Association PAC ($250), Morgan Hill resident and longtime farmer George Chiala ($250), John and Michelle McKay ($100) and PG&E ($250).

Librers filed two Form 497s this month. One lists a $3,000 campaign contribution received Oct. 15 from Cupertino-based Monterey Dynasty LLC. This company is the developer of the Diamond Creek residential project on Monterey Road south of Vineyard Boulevard.

On Oct. 4, Librers also reported a contribution of $1,000 from the CalFire Local 2881 union.

Librers is facing incumbent Larry Carr and challengers Mario Banuelos, Armando Benavides and Rene Spring. The top two vote recipients in the council race will win the two available seats.

Spring filed his latest list of Form 460 contributions this week, listing a total of $2,745 worth of contributions since late September. Spring’s campaign financiers include the IBEW Education Fund ($500), Laborers LO 270 PAC ($500), Santa Clara/Benito Building Trades PAC ($500) and the South County Democratic Club ($250).

Spring, a tech project manager by trade, has contributed more than $19,000 to his own campaign.



The Jackson Oaks Homeowners Association, which represents about 500 properties in the east Morgan Hill neighborhood, hosted all three Morgan Hill mayoral and all five city council candidates at an Oct. 20 forum at the community’s clubhouse. The entire video of the two-hour-plus forum is available to the public on youtube. View the video by visiting, or go to and search for “Morgan Hill candidates Jackson Oaks.”

Michael Moore
Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.

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