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$100,000 raised so far for Thurston County election war chests

Port of Olympia Commission candidate Joe Downing has raised the most campaign money out of all of the candidates on the Thurston County primary election ballot, reporting about $21,560, according to reports filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission.

And $4,000 of that money was donated by Clydia Cuykendall, an attorney who was on the port’s Citizen Advisory Committee until June 30 and works on Downing’s campaign.

Downing is in a three-way race for incumbent George Barner’s District No. 1 seat, and reported about 140 separate contributions to his campaign, as of Wednesday. More than half of those donors ponied up at least $100, according to the PDC’s database. Downing reported that he’s donated about $19 to his own campaign, and has received about $300 in anonymous donations.

Meanwhile, Barner reported that he’s raised about $2,400, and his top contribution was $500 from the Thurston-Lewis-Mason Labor Council, according to the database. The third candidate in the race, Joseph Treacy Kreger, has raised about $3,690, with $2,000 of that from his own pocketbook. His top contribution was $500 from Steve Wilcox, owner of Sea Blossom Seafoods, a longtime vendor at the Olympia Farmers Market.

Candidates who raise or spend more than $5,000 or accept a contribution of $500 or more from a single donor are required to report those contributions to the state, according to Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman with the Public Disclosure Commission. Candidates in elections that involve fewer than 5,000 registered voters have fewer reporting requirements.

An Olympian analysis of the PDC’s database shows that local candidates have raised almost $108,500 so far in campaign contributions for the off-year election.

In the Port’s District No. 3 race, Jerry Farmer has raised $8,236, which includes a $1,500 contribution from retiree Ralph Lovelace. Elizabeth Zita has raised $4,435, and her biggest donation was $950 from Thurston Environmental Voters. Their challenger Bob Jones reported that he’s raised just $400, but he’s spent about $1,743 so far on his campaign.

The city of Olympia’s mayoral race also has attracted big donors. So far, city council member Cheryl Selby has reported raising about $17,800, and her top contribution was $900 from Dennis Adams, managing broker of Virgil Adams Real Estate. Other major contributors include her husband, Jeffrey Engle, and Olympia’s International Association of Fire Fighters Local 468, both of which donated $500.

Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Marco Rosaire Rossi has reported about $3,000 in contributions, including $500 from the Thurston Lewis Mason Counties Central Labor Council and $100 from outgoing Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum. The city’s third mayoral candidate, Prophet Atlantis, has not reported any contributions, according to the PDC’s database.

Olympia City Council Position No. 2 candidate Judy Bardin has raised about $13,380, including $900 from the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 443 and $500 from the Thurston Environmental Voters. Challenger Jessica Bateman has raised about $13,020, with about 20 of Bateman’s 71 reported contributions from individuals or organizations outside of Thurston County, according to the PDC database. City council candidate Raymond Guerra has raised about $1,835, with a top contribution of $200 from Ryan Boyles with Topside Bar and Grill in Steilacoom.

None of the Lacey City Council candidates will be in the primary, but that hasn’t stopped them from filling their campaign war chests for the general election in November.

City Council Position 3 incumbent Jeffrey Gadman has raised about $6,207; his top contribution was $500 from fellow Lacey City Councilman Michael Steadman. Gadman’s challenger, William Frare, has raised about $3,075, and his top donor is Dan Reichel, a fleet manager with the state of Washington, according to the PDC reports.

Lacey City Council member Lenny Greenstein will be unopposed for his Position 2 seat in November, but he’s raised about $9,380, according to the PDC database. Greenstein began fundraising in January.

On May 11, Greenstein reported a $300 contribution from Poly Bag LLC, a Tacoma-based company that specializes in plain and printed polyethylene bags and packaging products, according to its website.

The following week, Greenstein initiated a conversation with the Lacey City Council about overturning the city’s plastic bag ban, according to a story in The Olympian.

He was one of three councilmen who had earlier tried to get the plastic bag ban to a vote of the people.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433

lpemberton@theolympian.com

@Lisa_Pemberton

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