Rochester campaigns report donations

August 8, 2018

Nearly $22,000 has been reported as spent a week before the primary election in the seven-way race for the Rochester mayoral seat.

Friday was the filing deadline for any primary candidates who have raised or spent more than $750. As of Monday evening, one mayoral candidate had not filed a report and another candidate’s report had not been publicly posted. Other reports were late, as well.

The latest reports posted show more than $32,000 has been raised throughout the seven mayoral campaigns with a week to go before the Aug. 14 primary election that will narrow the candidates to two.

The top spender, according to reports of file, is Jordan Glynn, the first candidate to enter the race to replace Mayor Ardell Brede.

Glynn has reported $9,037 in donations, $6,000 of which is considered a loan from his personal finances. Reports indicate the loan was the same amount the campaign used to pay for a consultant in January.

While Glynn has spent the most so far, Kim Norton ’s reports indicate she has raised the most financial support, with $12,223 in cash and in-kind contributions since starting her campaign. As of Thursday, she reported spending $8,400.

Regina Mustafa, who filed her pre-primary report Monday afternoon, had raised $7,045 in cash and in-kind contributions by May 27, according to her initial financial report. At that point, she had spent $2,405.

As of Tuesday morning, her latest report was not accessible on the city clerk’s website.

George Rownd is next on the list, having spent $1,038 of the $1,360 he’s raised, according to a report that was officially filed with the city clerk on Monday.

Brent Coggins follows closely with $1,350 raised and $972 spent.

According to Rochester City Clerk Anissa Hollingshead, Charlie O’Connell had yet to file as of 5 p.m. Monday.

A report filed by O’Connell’s campaign in late June indicated he had raised $1,299 dollars without spending any of the funds.

Only one mayoral candidate — Spencer Goetzman — has reported not needing to file a finance report, which is required once a candidate receives or spends $750.

Ward 1

In the four-way Ward 1 race for the Rochester City Council seat being vacated by Ed Hruska, former council member Paul Myhrom is the top fundraiser, as well as the top spender, so far.

Myhrom filed his campaign’s first financial report Thursday, citing $7,800 in donations and nearly $6,500 in spending.

Unlike most reports filed, Myhrom’s doesn’t cite any specific donors, which is required for any campaign contributions of more than $100. The candidate confirmed Monday that none of his donors exceeded the $100 contribution.

Following a close second in Ward 1 campaign fundraising is Heather Holmes, who reported $7,271 in donations and $1,975 spent.

Holmes listed nine contributions of more than $100, including a $600 donation she made to her campaign.

Candidate Patrick Keane is the only other candidate reporting contributions over $750. His reports show $2,025 in donations, with $600 in self-funding, and $1,471 in spending.

Candidate Kim Sin has not reported contributions or spending that exceed the $750 threshold.

Ward 5

Shaun Palmer has reported receiving $4,500 in donations, making him the top Ward 5 fundraiser in the five-way race to replace Rochester City Council Member Mark Hickey, who is not seeking re-election.

Palmer noted on his financial reports that none of the donations he’s received exceed $100.

As of Thursday, he’s reported spending $2,690 on his campaign, making it the most expensive in the race.

Judy Hickey, wife of the current Ward 5 council member, is following closely with a reported $2,430 in reported campaign expenses as of Friday. However, Hickey has only reported receiving $100 in donations so far. She said Monday that she has been self-funding her campaign.

Mike Walters has reported the second-largest pool of campaign funds, raising $3,348 with $600 from his personal funds. He’s spent $1,916.

Walters is followed by Byron Clark, who has raised $1,451 and spent $1,156. He has also contributed $600 to his campaign fund.

Brittney Marschall reported raising $1,085 in a report that was officially filed Monday, which includes $600 in self-funding. She’s spent $564.

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