Here is the total amount that each candidate in the City Commission race has raised:
¢ Mike Dever: $35,610¢ Rob Chestnut: $33,978¢ Carey Maynard-Moody: $17,150¢ David Schauner: $16,242¢ Boog Highberger: $15,601¢ James Bush: $9,830
If voters are talking with their checkbooks, their top three choices for the Lawrence City Commission are unchanged from the February primary, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Mike Dever, Rob Chestnut and Commissioner Boog Highberger raised the most money during the campaign period of Feb. 16 to March 22, according to the reports released Monday by the Douglas County Clerk's Office. That's also the exact order the candidates finished in the February primary.
Dever and Chestnut have a large lead in the fundraising race. Dever, owner of an environmental consulting firm, raised $13,955 during the period. That brings his total for the campaign to $35,610. That is a full $10,000 more than candidates have traditionally raised during City Commission campaigns.
Chestnut, chief financial officer for Allen Press, collected $10,710. That brings his campaign total to $33,978.
Highberger, an attorney for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, kept pace. He raised $10,081 during the period, double his contributions since the last reporting period in February. He has raised $15,601 in the campaign.
Commissioner David Schauner, general counsel for the Kansas National Education Association, raised $7,040. For the campaign he has raised $16,242.
Carey Maynard-Moody, a retired school social worker, raised $6,655. For the campaign, she has raised $17,150. James Bush, the former pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, trailed with $3,170. For the campaign, he has raised $9,830.
Bush finished fifth in the primary, while Maynard-Moody finished sixth.
The campaign finance reports showed several individuals and groups were making the maximum $500 contribution to a slate of candidates.
The Kansas Realtors Political Action Committee gave $500 each to Bush, Chestnut and Dever. The Lawrence Board of Realtors previously announced it had endorsed the candidates.
Robert Dunne and C.R. Dunne, who are listed as Wichita oil and gas investors, each gave $500 to Chestnut and Dever.
John Haase, a Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioner and owner of a Lawrence collection agency, gave $500 to Schauner, Maynard-Moody and Highberger.
Alan Martin, an organic farmer, also gave $500 each to Schauner, Maynard-Moody and Highberger. Martin actually gave two $500 donations to Highberger during the period. That is allowed by law because one of the contributions came before the February primary and the other came after it. State law prohibits individuals from contributing more than $500 before a single election.
The commissioner's job pays $9,000 a year.
City commission race 2007
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