October 18, 2004
Eric Meyer has raised $12,511 in his bid for the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board — more than the other six candidates combined.
Meyer’s war chest is more than four times that of the No. 2 fund-raiser, Jennifer Petersen, according to the latest campaign finance filings.
Meyer, a physician, is making his first bid for the governing board in a hotly contested race against third-grade teacher Sean Michael Diana, stay-at-home moms Petersen and Molly Holzer and incumbents Shari Avianantos, Joel Feldman and board president Sandra Zapien-Ferrero.
As of Oct. 7, Meyer spent $8,131, including in-kind contributions; Petersen raised $2,760 and spent $1,786, exclusive of a $852 loan to herself; Holzer raised $2,201 and spent $1,478; Feldman loaned himself $185; and Avianantos, Diana and Zapien-Ferrero filed exemption statements saying they would not raise or spend more than $500 during their campaigns.
Notable contributors to Meyer’s campaign include $150 from former Vice President Dan Quayle; $100 from former state Sen. Tom Smith; $350 from Pinnacle West CEO William Post; $150 from former Scottsdale Parent Council president Suanne Rudley and $100 from the current council president, Valerie Iverson.
Meyer said he only planned to raise $2,500.
"It’s amazing how generous people are," Meyer said.
While many candidates spent money on yard signs and fliers, Meyer stepped his campaign up a notch and spent $2,182 for advertising at two local Harkins Theaters.
Dan and Karen Harkins donated an additional $700 worth of in-kind advertising.
Feldman said he has financed his own campaign because he does not want to be obligated to any person or group.
"I potentially run the risk of having to answer to those folks who contribute to my campaign. I answer to everyone in the district," he said.
Since the Oct. 7 filing, Meyer said he has spent the bulk of the remaining $4,300 on direct mailings.
"If I’m going to run for office, I figure I might as well do it right," Meyer said. "Whether I win or I lose, I don’t want to look back and think I didn’t run a good campaign."