Lawrence City Commission candidates Finkeldei, Boley and Hentzler lead in overall fundraising
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Lawrence City Commission candidate Brad Finkeldei leads the pack by a wide margin this campaign fundraising period with more than $13,000 in contributions, doubling the amount raised by his closest contender.
Candidates were required to turn in receipt and expenditure reports on Monday that list contributions to their campaigns from July 26 to Oct. 24. Behind Finkeldei is fellow newcomer Rob Sands, who raised more than $6,000 this fundraising period. In third is Joey Hentzler, who has raised about $5,000.
Finkeldei also raised the most money in the last funding period and the most overall, about $23,000. Behind him in overall fundraising is incumbent candidate Stuart Boley, who raised about $11,000 total. In third for overall fundraising is Hentzler, who raised about $9,500 total.
As part of the report, candidates must indicate how much money they have received in contributions and list the names and occupations for people who contributed more than $150 this fundraising period.
How much each of the six candidates raised and any significant contributions are summarized below. The entirety of the candidates’ receipt and expenditure reports are available on the Douglas County website, douglascountyks.org.
Brad Finkeldei: Attorney and nonprofit board member Finkeldei is making his first run for the commission and has raised $13,163 this fundraising period and $23,008 total. Finkeldei had 10 people, couples or entities give the maximum contribution amount of $500 this fundraising period: Dick Stuntz of Oaks Golf LLC, with the report listing his occupation as a golf consultant; Capital Trucking LLC of Topeka, trucking; Robert Wilson Jr., senior care; Tom and Marilyn Dobski, restaurant owner; Dana Anderson, real estate; Sue Anderson, retired; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 441 Political Action Committee, Labor PAC; Dan Schriner, real estate, Scott Zaremba, self employed-retail; The Kansas Realtors PAC, real estate.
Stuart Boley: The only incumbent candidate, Boley, a retired auditor, is seeking his second term on the City Commission. Boley has raised $2,381 this fundraising period and $10,816 total, including a $1,000 contribution from himself last fundraising period.
Joey Hentzler: Social advocate and community board member Hentzler is making his first run for the commission and has raised $5,227 this fundraising period and $9,632 total, including a $1,000 loan from himself last fundraising period. Hentzler had one entity give the maximum contribution amount of $500 this fundraising period, the Lawrence Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1596. Attorney Sarah Swain made a $300 contribution and an in-kind contribution of $500 for door hangers. Bon Bon restaurant made a $500 in-kind contribution for event space, and Feet on the Ground Marketing made a $500 in-kind contribution for canvassing and phone banking operations. The Teamsters Local 696, a labor union, contributed $150, and the Kansas LGBTQ+ Leadership PAC contributed $50.
Rob Sands: A Kansas Army National Guard officer and planning commissioner, Sands has raised $6,641 this fundraising period and $7,301 total. Sands ran unsuccessfully for the commission in 2015. Sands had six people, couples or entities give the maximum contribution amount of $500 this fundraising period: H. Dale and Janice Willey, retired; Emily Riggs, OBGYN; Michael Riggs, engineer; Gregory L. and Kristin C. Maurer, automotive dealer owners; Ronald N. and Colette C. Gaches Rev. Trust; The Kansas Realtors PAC. Commissioner Matthew Herbert contributed $250. The Teamsters Local 696, a labor union, contributed $150.
Courtney Shipley: Neighborhood leader and community board member Shipley is making her first run for the commission and has raised $3,728 this fundraising period and $5,693 total, including a $500 contribution from herself and a $500 loan from herself last fundraising period. The Kansas Realtors PAC contributed $300, and the Teamsters Local 696, a labor union, contributed $250.
Ken Easthouse: Neighborhood leader and city board member Easthouse has raised $314.88 this fundraising period and $1,434.43 total, including $169.88 from himself this fundraising period and $649.55 from himself last fundraising period. The LGBTQ Leadership PAC contributed $50. Easthouse ran unsuccessfully for the commission in 2017 and was also one of 14 people who applied to fill the seat vacated by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer in 2015 that was ultimately appointed to current Mayor Lisa Larsen.
The seats of Commissioners Boley, Leslie Soden and Herbert are up for reelection this year, and neither Soden nor Herbert is seeking reelection. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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