Latest EUSD campaign contributions posted


Four candidates vying for three seats on the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) board recently posted updated campaign disclosure paperwork, the last round before the Nov. 4 election.

Incumbent Emily Andrade raised $4,531, which includes a $487 loan and $100 contribution from Andrade to her own campaign. Teachers of Encinitas, the educators union, gave her $1,000, Andrade’s largest contribution. She spent $3,100 as of Oct. 18, the close of the financial filing period.

Eight of her nine contributions listed addresses in the district, which covers Encinitas and southern Carlsbad.

Marla Strich, another incumbent, brought in $5,758, with a $100 loan from Strich to her own campaign. Eric Hall, the owner of Eric Hall & Associates, a school construction management company, contributed $1,500 to Strich, her largest contribution. The company’s website shows EUSD as a current client. Her expenditures: $5,319.

Eleven of her 16 contributions were from within the school district.

Gregg Sonken, also an incumbent, raised $2,574, and two loans from Sonken to his campaign accounted for $600 of this total. He recorded $690 in expenditures. A familiar name on his contribution list: EUSD board member Carol Skiljan, whose term ends in two years, gave him $100.

Of his six contributions, five were from those living in the district.

The three incumbents have endorsed each other in the race. They face challenger Jennifer Hamler.

Hamler reported $9,810 in contributions. This figure included two loans totaling $1,800 from Hamler to her campaign. Additionally, San Diego-based Jump Production Group contributed $5,000 worth of services for a campaign video, according to paperwork.

A notable contributor: EUSD board member Maureen Muir, whose term expires in two years and who is running for the San Dieguito Union High School District board, gave $100.

Eight of Hamler’s 11 contributions named district addresses. Her expenditures: $9,317.

Hamler has advocated for increased transparency, stating she’s in favor of recording board meetings and posting them online. That’s one way to get more parents involved, she has stated.

Andrade, Sonken and Strich point to the district’s recent record as an indicator of success, including EUSD earning the 2014 Green Ribbon District Sustainability Award, one of nine districts in the country to do so.