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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2007 10:00 pm

Phil Katzakian picked up a flood of last-minute donations in the Lodi City Council election, but it was Larry Hansen who raised the most money.

According to campaign disclosure statements released late Wednesday, Katzakian received $15,000 in the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 election, and another $2,000 between the election and Dec. 31. Katzakian raised a total of $27,000 during the election season.

Many of Katzakian's donations came from developers and construction companies - he received $1,000 from developer Jeffrey Kirst, $1,000 from Tim Munson Construction and $500 from Valley Ranch Building Partners. He received another $500 check from General Mills.

Katzakian, owner of Lodi Printing Company, said he received the support because he is a businessman.

"If you are a business person, businesses are going to support you," he said. "Developers want a businessman to win."

Katzakian, who spent $23,000 during the campaign, said his campaign consultant, Don Parsons, told him it was going to take at least $20,000 to win. He said he expected the last-minute donations.

"I knew what our costs would be," he said. "A lot of people said, 'Don't worry. We'll put money in to cover you.'"

Hansen, who won re-election, raised a total of $31,000, although he only received $8,000 in the last two weeks of the campaign. He spent almost $26,000, the most of any candidate. He received checks from developers, other residents and $500 donations from General Mills and Blue Shield of California.

Hansen said being well-funded and having a broad base of support were keys to his re-election.

"Being well-funded and getting name recognition are very important," he said. Thousands of people who don't know you go to the ballot and vote for you."

Incumbent Susan Hitchcock won her third term on the council with the most votes. She was third in fundraising with $17,000, including $2,000 since the last financial reporting period. Her biggest check this period was $750 from Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Hitchcock, who doesn't plan to run for re-election in 2010, said her donations were from citizens from across Lodi.

"Mine were more of the grassroots types of contributions," she said. "The outcome reflects I am a more of a grassroots, across-the-board type of candidate."

John Johnson, who came in fourth in the election, raised $1,000 in the final reporting period for a total of $11,000. His biggest check was for $500 from developer Jeffrey Kirst.

Steve Jarrett raised $12,000, Roger Khan raised $8,000 and Kevin Stevens raised $3,000. Candidate Jane Lea was self-funded and was not required to file financial statements.

Contact reporter Matt Brown at mattb@lodinews.com.

Donations of $100 or more received since Oct. 22, 2006:

Larry Hansen
G.W. Bensch, M.D. - $500
Kirk Delamare - $200
Blue Shield of California - $500
General Mills, Inc. - $500
Diede Construction - $500
Ed Loo Masonry - $250
Duran Homes, Inc. - $500
All Air Heating and Air Conditioning - $100
Gregory W. Bensch - $250
Jim Murdaca - $250
Good Earth Farms - $500
Hector Ramos Construction - $500
Foster Lumber - $189

Phil Katzakian
J. Jeffrey Kirst - $1,000
Watts Equipment Co. - $500
Kirk De La Mare - $200
Russell Munson - $500
Miller Packing Company - $1,000
Tim Munson Construction - $1,000
Waste Management Service Center - $300
Cleo Kirst - $500
Crystal Kirst - $500
Gannon Plumbing - $189
General Mills, Inc. - $500
Northwest Trading Company - $200
All Air Heating and Air Conditioning - $100
Kettleman Professional Center - $500
Parkland Construction - $500
Parkland Investments - $500
Valley Ranch Building Partners - $500
Cherly Smith - $189
Duran Homes - $500
Ed Loo Masonry - $250
Hector Ramos Consulting - $500
Foster Lumber - $189
Farmers and Merchants Bank - $1,000
Ray Nieves - $950
Larry Anderson - $599
Anderson Mortgage Group - $500

Susan Hitchcock
David Vacarezza - $100
Lou Maley - $250
Malen Stroh - $100
Kenneth Mullen - $100
Farmers and Merchants Bank - $750

John Johnson
Cathy Delamare - $200
J. Jeffrey Kirst - $500
Foster Lumber - $189
Ivan Suess - $100

Steve Jarrett
Waste Management - $250
J. Jeffrey Kirst - $500
Cleo Kirst - $500
Gannon Plumbing - $189
Daniel and Cheryl Smith - $189
Dave Kirsten - $300
Dennis Bennett - $1,000
Kevin Van Steenberge - $100
Kirk and Cathy Delamare - $200
Ivan Suess - $100

Kevin Stevens
Wild Rose Vinyards - $600
Thorpe Oil, Inc. - $100
Jim and Jeanine Hicks - $400
Jim Shoemaker - $100
David Ehlert - $100
Greg Goehring - $300

Roger Khan
None received this period
Source: Lodi City Clerk's Office.

First published: Friday, February 2, 2007

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