Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, October 19, 2004


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Prosecutor Jones Being Substantially Outraised by Gomez in Judicial Race, Campaign Finance Records Show


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A deputy district attorney seeking election to the Los Angeles Superior Court has been outraised by her opponent by more than $100,000,  her financial report shows.

In a report filed last week—one week past the deadline—Deputy District Attorney Lori Jones said she had raised just under $30,000, including $10,000 she had loaned the campaign, and had spent about the same.

Jones’ opponent, Deputy Attorney General Gus Gomez, has raised $148,424 and spent $121,761. Gomez and Jones are seeking the seat of Judge Richard Hubbell, who did not run for another term.

Jones’ donors include Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Meigs, who has given $200—$100 of it before the primary—and State Bar Board of Governors member Marguerite Downing, who donated $100.

Gomez’s total is the third highest of any judicial candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot, Jones’ the second lowest.

The MetNews reported last week that Superior Court Referee D. Zeke Zeidler and Deputy District Attorney Judith Levey Meyer are the high spenders.

Zeidler’s reports for this year and last show that he raised $288,269 and spent $236,209 through Sept. 30. Opponent David Lopez, a deputy district attorney, is the only candidate to raise less money than Jones.

Lopez raised $26,481 and spent $26,531.

Zeidler and Lopez are running to succeed Judge Rosemary Shumsky, who did not file for re-election.

Meyer, who faces Superior Court Commissioner Donna Groman for the seat now held by the retiring Judge James Wright, reported spending $246,812 of the $283,098 she raised through Sept. 30.

That includes the $31,500 Meyer spent to have a candidate statement in the ballot pamphlet. The MetNews erroneously reported last week that Meyer did not itemize that expenditure, which by law need not be itemized if paid out of the candidate’s personal funds.


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