Siegrist said he thinks it is wrong to accept donations from people and companies that do business with the college. “I don’t think it’s ethical,’ he said. “People expect favors back when they do that kind of thing.’ Quintero disagreed. “A lot of folks who are contributing to me have seen first- hand the work I’ve been doing at Rio Hondo College,’ he said. “It also takes three votes to approve a contract. Whether they’re contributing to me or not, it’s not something I factor into my decision-making.’ Ghysels also isn’t relying much on friends for campaign money. He is his biggest contributor, having loaned his campaign $7,000 of his own money. “I think this position is important, and I have this passion on education,’ he said. Couso-Vasquez, Montebello’s chief of police, said he is not worried that his opponent, Ghysels, has raised more money than he has, particularly because Couso-Vasquez has three fund-raisers scheduled. Also, he said, his campaign will be more grass-roots. In the Division 3 race, where Acosta-Salazar has raised nearly three times as much as her opponent, much of her money has come from friends, many of whom do not live in the district. “I’ve been working for the last eight years on a statewide level on issue of education,’ she said. “I’ve been really blessed to have friends and family that support my commitment to education.’ Reyes said he is not worried about being outspent by Acosta- Salazar. “She isn’t known in the community, so she has to get her name out,’ he said. Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at [email protected] [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Acosta-Salazar’s opponent in Division 3, Louis Reyes, has raised $6,121 and spent $1,762. In trustee Division 5, Tom Ghysels and Garry Couso-Vasquez have raised $8,448 and $4,920, respectively. Most of the candidates have raised funds through donations from their friends. One exception, however, is Quintero, who received some of his money from people and companies that have contracts with the college. Those giving at least $1,000 to Quintero’s campaign include Trinidad Jimenez, executive director the Rio Hondo College Foundation; HMC, an architectural firm; Southwest Management Consultants; Vanir Construction Management; and Vantage Technology Consulting Group. That is in sharp contrast to Quintero’s opponent, David Siegrist, who has neither raised nor spent any money so far. COVINA — Four years after Rio Hondo College trustee Michelle Yanez spent $22,501 on her campaign considered a record at the time two candidates vying for different seats on the college district’s Board of Trustees appear to be on their way to surpassing her spending. Trustee Andre Quintero, a candidate for the Division 1 seat, has raised $29,408 in campaign contributions and spent $20,641 of that amount. Meanwhile, Angela Acosta-Salazar, who is running in Division 3, has received $17,623 and spent $4,415 so far. The figures are from campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. The Rio Hondo College District is broken up into five different areas, or divisions, with one trustee elected to represent each division of the college’s service area. Ralph Pacheco, a former Rio Hondo College trustee who now serves on the Whittier Union High School District school board, said inflation is driving the increased spending in this year’s races, but so is the tough competition this election season. The races for the three college district divisions will be decided Nov. 8. “The trustee areas for Rio Hondo are relatively good-sized areas, and they are hotly contested races this year,’ said Pacheco, who also is a political consultant. “You combine all of that together and you end up spending a little bit more.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!