Swanson raises $14,000 in race

By Bryan Richardson

Susie Swanson received more than double the campaign contributions of her nearest competitor, Kathy Martin, in the Kansas House 64th District race, according to reports.

Candidates were required to file campaign finance reports with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by Monday. The information in the reports covers the time period from Jan. 1 through July 24.

Swanson of Clay Center received $14,316 in contributions. She has $1,911.64 cash on hand.

Swanson received contributions in excess of $250 from Kansas National Education Association PAC (one gift of $500 and a second of $300), Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce PAC ($500), Rita Noll ($500), Kansas Contractors Association PAC ($500), Twin Valley Telephone ($500), Monarch Cement Company ($500), Dustrol Inc. ($500), NextEra Energy Resources ($500), Hallmark Cards ($500), Heavy Constructors Association PAC ($350) and Kansas Communities for Rural Electrification ($300).

Swanson also received $642.28 worth of in-kind contributions and two loans ($1,500 and $500) to the campaign from Vern Swanson, the current 64th District representative and Susie’s husband.

Her opponent, Martin of Clay Center, received $6,440 in contributions and has $1,462.28 cash on hand.

Martin received contributions in excess of $250 from herself ($2,500 self loan), Robert Heilman ($500), Kansas Chamber of Commerce ($500) and Scott Taddiken ($500).

Martin also received $100 worth of in-kind contributions.

The other candidate, Glen Hawkins of Riley, received $125 in contributions and has no cash on hand. He also received $793.16 worth of in-kind contributions.

In the Riley County Commission 1st District race, incumbent Dave Lewis of Manhattan raised $4,100. He had $91.75 cash on hand Jan. 1, and he currently has $3,182.78 cash on hand.

Lewis received contributions in excess of $250 from Jacob Wassenberg ($500), Bayer Construction Company ($500) and Thomas Holcombe ($500).

His challenger, Ben Wilson of Manhattan, raised $3,105.03 and currently has $1,219.62 cash on hand.

Wilson received contributions in excess of $250 from Paul Zachary ($500), Elizabeth Zachary ($500) and Bob Reader ($500).

Wilson also received $141.69 worth of in-kind (non-monetary) contributions.

All of these candidates will face off on the Republican side of the Aug. 5 primary. Neither race has Democratic or Independent candidates.









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