Muir outspending other candidates in San Dieguito district race


Maureen “Mo” Muir has spent the most of the seven candidates vying for three seats on the San Dieguito Union High School District board, according to recently filed campaign disclosure paperwork.

This year, Muir reported $15,714 in expenditures thus far. Of that total, $4,232 went toward newspaper advertising, $4,047 to Turpin McLaughlin Communications, a company that specializes in campaign consulting and candidate literature, and $3,302 to yard signs.

The remaining chunk was dedicated to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, the San Diego County Republican Party voter guide and a legal/accounting firm.

She recorded $21,200 in contributions, a figure that includes a $12,000 loan from Muir to her own campaign.

Muir, an Encinitas Union School District trustee with two years until her term expires, received contributions from local political figures. Those include $750 from Gaspar Physical Therapy, a business that names Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar as the chief financial officer, and $100 from La Costa Kids, which is owned by Jennifer Hamler, an EUSD board candidate.

Barbara Groth, an incumbent, reported $1,578 in expenditures.

Groth’s contributions totaled $10,3454, with a loan to herself accounting for $1,500 of that figure. San Dieguito Trustee Joyce Dalessandro, whose term ends in 2016, kicked in $100 for her campaign.

Additionally, the San Dieguito Faculty Association Political Action Committee spent $3,885 on a mailer supporting Groth, incumbent Amy Herman and challenger Simeon Greenstein.

Greenstein took in $3,450. A $900 loan to himself and a $1,800 loan from a family member made up $2,700 of Greenstein’s contribution total. He has spent $3,109.

Herman, an incumbent, raised $1,149 and spent $376. She gave $600 to her own campaign, Herman’s largest contribution.

Also, two San Dieguito trustees each contributed $100 to Herman’s campaign: Dalessandro and Beth Hergesheimer, who isn’t up for re-election for another two years.

Challenger Steve McDowell has entirely funded his candidacy with a $4,000 loan to himself, as well as a $950 contribution from McDowell to his campaign. His expenditures: $1,000.

Rimga Viskanta has also paid for all of her campaign with two loans totaling $1,630 to herself. She has spent $1,412.

Incumbent John Salazar hasn’t raised more than $1,000, meaning he wasn’t required to fill out paperwork listing contributions and expenditures.

The next round of campaign finance reports is due Oct. 23, the last before the Nov. 4 election.