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Cal Sheehy’s fundraising far outpaced other Lake Havasu City candidates

August 31, 2018

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s primary election on Aug. 28, Cal Sheehy had the advantage as far as the fundraising race was concerned.

Sheehy, who was elected as Lake Havasu City’s new mayor on Tuesday, was competing against Nicole Norona for the seat. Campaign finances for Sheehy totaled $3,762.50 after paying more than $17,600 on supplies, signs, advertising, buttons and stickers, according to an August pre-election report on the city’s website.

During that reporting period, dated July 1 to Aug.11, he collected a total of $6,650 in contributions and a $500 in-kind donation from Jeff Gilbert. At $1,000 each, his largest contributors were Gilbert, Gary Oxley and Craig Reynolds.

According to the documents on the city’s website, Norona collected $1,250 in contributions from Myron Clifford during the reporting period, bringing her total at one point to more than $1,900. After paying more than $1,800 on marketing, to radio stations and bank fees, however, her remaining balance totaled $112.34.

Meanwhile, incumbent council members Jeni Coke and Michele Lin duked it out with Rich Crayne, Jim Dolan and Alex McClane for three seats on the City Council.

Coke, Lin and Dolan each earned enough votes to claim the open seats on the council during Tuesday’s election. Coke led the cash race among the City Council candidates with campaign finances totaling $2,294.16 by the end of the August pre-election reporting period.

According to the city’s website, she collected $1,650 in contributions, a $500 in-kind donation from Jeff Gilbert and made no disbursements.

During the August pre-election reporting period, Dolan collected $700 in contributions, bringing his total at one point to more than $3,500. City documents show that he paid more than $2,300 on advertising and supplies, putting his remaining balance at $1,240.32.

Campaign finances for Rich Crayne, who did not previously have a campaign committee listed on the city’s website, totals $839.08 after paying more than $1,000 on signage. His largest donation of $1,000 came from the Lake Havasu Professional Firefighters Association on July 19.

Lin’s balance at the close of the August pre-election reporting period was $37.24, according to the city’s website. Throughout the election cycle, Lin said she received a $300 donation from Wilfred Chan, $1,000 from the Lake Havasu Professional Firefighters Association, $600 in personal money, $475 from a fundraiser and a $300 in-kind donation from Lin’s Little China for hosting the fundraiser. She spent the funds on signs and t-shirts, she added.

There are no campaign committees listed on the city’s website for McClane.

Finances for “100% Havasu,” a political action committee advocating for a ballot initiative to change the city’s spending cap, totaled $20,900.26 after paying more than $14,700 on printing, advertising and mail and bank fees, according to the city’s website.

Voters agreed to pass the measure during Tuesday’s election.

The committee collected a total of $28,450 in contributions during the reporting period with the largest contributor being the National Association of Realtors with $24,500. Republic Services and Mudshark Pizza, Inc. also contributed to the committee.

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