First-timer Herries top fundraiser in Petaluma council race

First-time Petaluma City Council candidate Alicia Kae Herries raised the most in campaign contributions through Sept. 30 and reported the most cash on hand heading into the final weeks before Election Day.

Campaign finance reports released Tuesday show Herries and another first-timer, Kathy Miller, are attracting election contributions equal to or greater than seasoned candidates.

Six candidates are running for three Petaluma City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot. Miller, Herries and Jason Davies, who ran in 2010, are challenging incumbents Mike Healy, Tiffany Renee and Gabe Kearney.

Herries, an executive assistant and appointed planning commissioner, was first to announce her candidacy and began fundraising earlier. She has taken in $13,500 total, including $9,700 from July 1 through Sept. 30.

Miller, an attorney and former planning commissioner, reported raising $8,700 since July.

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