By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
At least on paper, Mayor Lore Christopher holds a significant cash advantage over opponent and city councilor David McKane in the city’s first contested mayoral election in a decade.
According to state records, Christopher has raised $5,450 as of Tuesday and spent $3,135 in her bid for a seventh term as mayor. McKane is in the ballpark when it comes to spending – $2,663.23 – but lags in fundraising, reporting $2,886 as of Tuesday. His account balance is $222.27, while Christopher has $2,315 on hand as the campaign heads into the final stretch, although her campaign reports an outstanding loan of $1,030.
Christopher’s largest single contribution was $2,000 from the Mid-Valley Affordable Housing Coalition, the political arm of the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties.
Another four-figure contribution was $1,000 from the Keizer Professional Fire Fighters Union on October 15. Christopher backed Keizer Fire District in its proposed annexation of the Clear Lake neighborhood earlier this year, while McKane opposed the effort.
A $1,000 in-kind contribution comes courtesy Select Impressions of Salem.
Baxter Ridge LLC, a company owned by developers Lee Sjothun and Tim Smith, contributed $400.
Brandon Smith’s re-election committee chipped in $200, while Cheryl Gribscov put in $200.
Contributions totaling $650 came from those putting in $100 or less.
The single largest contribution to McKane’s campaign comes from Rich Duncan Construction, which donated $500 to the councilman’s Committee for a Better Keizer. Pamela Fifer has chipped in a total of $400, and NW Commercial Real Estate Sales, owned by planning commission member John Rizzo, has put in $300. Anne Rasmus also put in $300, and Gregg Dal Ponte – an administrator at the Oregon Department of Transportation – put in $150. Siletz Trucking Company put in $200. Riverbrook Trucking made an in-kind contribution of $250.
McKane’s contributions less than $100 total $646.
Expenditures for both candidates are what you might expect: Advertising in the Keizertimes and Statesman Journal, printing and signs.
For City Council Position 3’s race between Eamon Bishop, Marlene Quinn and Matthew Chappell, no financial information has been reported to the Secretary of State’s office as of Tuesday, October 23. According to the Mid-Valley Affordable Housing Coalition’s disclosure information, Quinn received $500 from the group on October 10. Neither Chappell nor Bishop have created a committee, which is legal so long as they each raise and spend less than $750 in the calendar year, including personal funds.
The housing PAC also gave Smith $500 in his write-in bid for Position 2. He’s seeking to keep his seat after first deciding not to run for re-election. Ken LeDuc is the only candidate who qualified to be on the ballot in that race. LeDuc has yet to create a political committee, state records show.
Smith’s committee also got $250 from Tim Smith (no relation). The councilor has $1,367 on hand heading into the final two weeks.