Former City Manager Dixon Flynn has brought in more campaign money than any other candidate in the five-candidate Lodi City Council race, according to campaign disclosure statements due Tuesday.
Flynn has raised $27,927.83 as of Sept. 30, which includes almost $22,000 in contributions and a loan from himself of almost $6,000. He is running for one of two vacant seats along with Steve Jarrett, Bob Johnson, Stephen Mackey and JoAnne Mounce.
Mackey has not formed a campaign committee.
Flynn's largest contributors include Food 4 Less with $3,000, Scott Wilson, plant manager of Lodi Gas Storage, with $1,500. Additionally, Russell and Janet Ray, and Matthew and Kelly Arnaiz, both from Arnaiz Development Co., contributed $1,000 apiece.
Flynn also donated $2,000 to his campaign in addition to his loan. Contributing $1,000 each are James Baum, Annette Murdaca, Tim Howard of Valley MRI Center and Good Earth Farms.
Johnson raised $22,268 and spent $8,464. Meehleis Modular contributed $2,000, and dentist Brad Dickey added $1,000 to Johnson's coffers.
Mounce has received close to $7,000 in monetary contributions including $1,400 from Betty and Dave Gates, $1,000 from the local firefighters union, $500 from General Mills, and $250 each from Vino Farms and Chatfield Investments.
She has also received several non-monetary contributions including $1,305 from Don Holden for Internet service, print media and photography. Mounce spent $400 on mailers, $352 on TV production costs, $2,000 for airtime and $1,525 for billboards.
Jarrett has received $1,484 in monetary contributions including donations from Phil Biddle, owner of Vine and Branches bookstore, and $500 from CS Davis Development Corp., of Lodi.
With that and a $5,000 loan to himself, the candidate has spent $300 to sponsor golf carts at the recent Family Faith Festival, $2,219 on literature, $603 on postage and $162 for signs.
Other campaign filings were made by the Lodi Firefighters Political Action Committee and Lodi Citizens for Public Facilities, the group formed with hopes of putting a quarter-cent sales tax on an upcoming ballot. The measure has not yet qualified for a ballot.
The firefighters have received $1,755 in monetary contributions during the filing period.
The group contributed $1,000 to Mounce's campaign and is still paying on a $2,033 loan to Dan Parises when he ran for Board of Supervisors in 2002.
The Lodi Citizens for Public Facilities have received $3,869 in contributions, including $500 from John and Ring, $250 from organizers John Johnson and John Griffin, and a handful of $100 contributions from others including Russ and Kathryn Munson, Ken Sasaki and Davis Phillips.
The committee has spent $2,000 on legal assistance from a firm based in Riverside, and $46.60 on literature at Kinko's.
The Lodi disclosures are expected to be posted on the city's Web site, www.lodi.gov, today or Thursday.
Galt City Council
Due to a city ordinance limiting contributions to a maximum of $100 per person or organization for each candidate, the four Galt City Council candidates have raised little money for their campaigns.
Challenger Barbara Payne has raised $2,141.34, more than any other candidate, while challenger Marylou Powers has raised $2,006.12.
The other two candidates, incumbent Tim Raboy and challenger Kelly Keagy, have received no contributions and are financing their campaigns out of their own pockets.
The four candidates are seeking the council seats held by Raboy and Rick Stancil. Stancil, an appointed incumbent, has decided not to seek election this year.
Payne has received $99 contributions from former Galt Mayor Bob Biederman and Gary Morrisette of Wilmore Plumbing in Sacramento. Payne also received contributions of $99.99 each from Jondie Grosshaus of Ben Salas Funeral Home in Galt and from Dave Munoz of Marticus Elect in Sacramento.
Payne has also borrowed $1,944.02 from Farmers & Merchants Bank and paid back $100.
Powers raised more money -- $2,006.12 -- than any other Galt council candidate. Individual contributions were not available late Tuesday because Powers will be required to amend her statement, said Deputy City Clerk Sue Cory.
Raboy has loaned his campaign $1,562.13, and Keagy has loaned herself $452.55.
However, an independent committee, Citizens to Protect Galt's Future, has raised $960. The group, chaired by Corrine Sealey, has purchased two newspaper advertisements, one of them supporting Raboy and Keagy and another opposing Powers.
Another group, Businesses United for Good Government, which has endorsed Powers and Payne, is not governed by Galt's city ordinance and has submitted its campaign disclosure statement to the California Secretary of State and Sacramento County Voter Registrations and Elections offices. The statement were not available Tuesday.
Businesses United for Good Government is the political action committee for the Galt District Chamber of Commerce.
News-Sentinel staff writer Jennifer Pearson Bonnett contributed to this report.
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