Candidates raise more than $40,000 combined

By The Mercury

Staff reports

Six candidates for the Manhattan City Commission have already raised more than $40,000 to fund their campaigns.

Reports filed Tuesday with the County Clerk gave incumbent Rich Jankovich a slight funding advantage, having raised $10,530 thus far. The election is April 2; a second reporting date will occur in late March.

All of the seven candidates in the race filed a report except for Daniel Hogan, who filed a document saying he does not intend to either raise or spend more than $500.

Jankovich is the only incumbent in the race. The other five persons on the ballot submitted reports showing that they had raised between $3,000 and $9,500.

Aside from Jankovich, John Ball had the largest total to this point, with $9,338 in contributions received. Former commissioner Bob Strawn reported having received $7,760, while Usha Reddi reported receipts totaling $6,130.

Former city and county commissioner Karen McCulloh reported having raised $3,465, while former school board member Deb Nuss reported receiving $3,205.

Ball and Strawn both reported receiving contributions from current city commissioner John Matta. Ball also received contributions from commissioner Wynn Butler, while Strawn also reported receiving a contribution from State Rep. Tom Phillips. Jankovich reported receiving contributions from commissioner Jim Sherow, State Sen. Tom Hawk and Phillips. Reddi reported receiving a contribution from Hawk.

The reports cover the period from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14.

For each candidate, here is a list of contributions received in excess of $200:

Jankovich: Bayer Construction, $250; Gary and Jennifer Jones, $500; Kent Glasscock, $250; Walters-Morgan Construction,, $500; Hill Management, $500; Landlords of Manhattan, $500; Jacob and Barbara Wassenberg, $250; Scott and Tamra Mueller, $400; Tim and Angela Schultz, $500; Tarkio CD Disposal, $350.

Ball: John Matta, $250; Karin Matta, $250; Hill Management, $500; John Ball, five contributions totaling $5,600.

Strawn: Charles Hostetler, $250; Wilson Farms, $500; John Matta, $250; Karin Matta, $250; Kimberly Strawn, $500; H. Philip Howe, $500; Landlords of Manhattan, $500; Hill Management, $500; Craig Starwalt, $500; Tim Schultz, $500; Colin Noble, $250.

Reddi: Katherine Wilson, $250; Rusty Wilson, $250; Kite’s Bar and Grille, $500; Brian Hiehoff, $400; Dennis Mullin, $250; Bixter Construction, $350; Tarkio CD Disposal, $350.

McCulloh: Dennis Mullin, $250.

Nuss: Gwyn Riffel, $250; Rusty Wilson, Kite’s Bar and Grille, $300; Michael Herman and Linda Kroeger, $250.

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