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8/25/2012 10:00:00 PM
Brown leads County Supervisor candidates in campaign funds
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The biggest bankroll in the race for seats on the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors so far belongs to Craig Brown, running in District 4, who has reported raising $19,756. Close behind are Rowle Simmons, the District 1 candidate ($17,805) and his District 1 opponent, John Hanna ($13,842).

Brown's fundraising nearly tripled that of his closest District 4 opponent, Lynn Duke, who has raised just over $7,000.

Because all the candidates in Districts 1 and 4 are Republicans, those races will be decided in Tuesday's primary election.

The candidates were required to file pre-primary campaign financial statements by Friday at 5 p.m.

The forms, which can run between 20 and 30 pages, detail the income and expenses incurred by the campaigns up to this point.

No candidate reported receiving funds from a political committee.

Although the filing is mandatory by law, the County Elections Office does not enforce the regulations, said Elections Director Lynn Constabile, meaning that, if there is a complaint about missing information or figures believed to be inaccurate, it would have to be taken to court as a remedy.

Scott "Wild Wes" Lance missed Friday's deadline. "I couldn't keep up with it," he said. "I am going to get that put in on Monday."

Here is a summary of the data through Aug. 17, 2012, as provided by the candidates, by district, in alphabetical order.



District 1

Kelly Cordes (R):

Total campaign receipts - $4,975; Total spent - $3,907; Largest campaign contributors - Amanda McNulty, nurse, $430; and Jeri Smith-Fornara, retired, $430. Cordes did not report having loaned the campaign any personal funds, but did report his own contribution of $2,250.



John Hanna (R):

Total campaign receipts - $13,842; Total spent - $13,643; Largest campaign contributors - Stephen Silvernale, self-employed, $400; and McIntosh Concrete Contracting Inc., $400. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $6,500.



Bob Luzius (R):

Total campaign receipts - $2,455; Total spent - $2,378; Largest campaign contributor - Joanne Luzius, retired, $400. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $500.



Lucy Mason (R):

Total campaign receipts - $7,260; Total spent - $4,129; Largest campaign contributors - S.L. Mills, owner, Gunsite Academy, $430; O.P. Mills, owner, Gunsite Academy, $430; Lesley Aine McKeown, artist, $430. Mason reported no personal loans made to her campaign.



Rowle Simmons (R):

Total campaign receipts - $17,805; Total spent - $16,935; Largest campaign contributors - Pat and Nancy O'Brien, self-employed, with $410 each. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $13,600.



District 2

Alan "Buck"

Buchanan (I):

Total campaign receipts - $2,900; Total spent - $2,022; Largest campaign contributor - Alison Roddan, retired, $400 (listed as an "in-kind" contribution); Largest cash contributors - Jodi Fildardo, community director, City of Clarkdale, $250; Albert Fildardo, retired, $250. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $2,000.



Scott "Wild Wes"

Lance (Other):

Did not file by the deadline.



John McReynolds (R):

Total campaign receipts - $2,450; Total spent - $2,289; Largest campaign contributors - Margaret McReynolds, owner, Babe's Roundup restaurant, $600; The Five McReynolds LLC, $500. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $500; he also listed Margaret McReynolds' $600 contribution as a loan.



Martin Pangburn

(R):

Total campaign receipts -$6,459; Total spent - $5,858; Largest campaign contributor - John Wolfer, jeweler, $400. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $1,400.

Tom Thurman

(R, Incumbent):

Total campaign receipts - $7,617; Total spent - $5,542; Largest campaign contributor - Patricia Rummer, self-employed, $400. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $5,542.



District 4

William Blankemeier (R):

Total campaign receipts - $1,230; Total spent - $1,127; Largest campaign contributors - Todd & Donna Chesney, computer programmer, $300. He did not loan his campaign money.



Craig Brown (R):

Total campaign receipts - $19,758; Total spent - $14,794; Largest campaign contributor - Virginia DuBroy, real estate salesperson, $365. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $9,100.



Walter Burcham (R):

Total campaign receipts - $4,258; Total spent - $3,856; Largest campaign contributors - Carol Brownlow, retired, $430; Jennifer Burcham, civil designer, $430. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $1,300.



Dick Busby (R):

Total campaign receipts - $1,543; Total spent - $1,339; Largest campaign contributors - Joe Schwartz, no occupation listed, $100; Richard Parker, no occupation listed, $100; Nicholas Evans, no occupation listed, $100. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $472.



Lynn Duke (R):

Total campaign receipts - $7,346; Total spent - $7,176; Largest campaign contributor - Lyle Minkler, retired, $630. Loans she's made to her own campaign: $1,261.



Gary Warren (R):

Total campaign receipts - $5,464; Total spent - $5,290; Largest campaign contributor - Carl Reynolds, truck driver, $425. Warren reported cash donations of $25 or less adding up to $1,066. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $1,650.



District 5

Jack Smith (R):

Total campaign receipts - $8,172; Total spent - $7,062; Largest campaign contributors - all contributing $250: Michael Flannery, retired; Jason Gisi, owner, Gisi Enterprises; Bill Feldmeier, owner, Feldmeier Properties; Michael Fann, president, Fann Contracting; Margie Jones, retired; David Hess, retired; Pamela Jones, self-employed healthcare consultant. Loans he's made to his own campaign: $2,342.



Bill Williams (D):

Filed a statement indicating he intended to "receive and expend" less than $500 on the primary campaign.



Harold Wise (R):

Filed a statement indicating he intended to "receive and expend" less than $500 on the primary campaign.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Article comment by: No Duh Johnny

John, Do you think that maybe Craig Brown got the most money because so many people wanted him and donated to him.. Why is that? Because as a supporter of Craig I believed him to be the best out of all the rest, I like so many others placed my vote! And some money into the cause of "elect Craig Brown" It was a wonderful investment, Craig has ethics and is a strong conservative. I went to every single forum and listened to all radio shows, Did my home work, and am glad that I like so many others came to the same conclusion. So get over it! Move on. Gotta love America, where we get to pick our supervisors by the majority of votes! Now on to the presidential elections!

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Article comment by: john porter

As Follow The Money says, the candidates who spent the most money got the most votes.

No surprise, there.


Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Article comment by: Follow the Money

After the election, It will be interesting to rate the candidates on how much they spent vs how many votes they got.

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Article comment by: just thinking

Who wants to bet there will be no ray of sunshine this time tomorrow.

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Article comment by: Say No To Prisons

Harold Wise will not get my vote for supervisor in District 5 because of his past support for building state prisons in our area, plain and simple.

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: An observation

While discussing the election at work today, one of my coworkers made an interesting observation about the district 4 candidates -- there has been plenty of dirt being slung around about all the candidates: bullies, sign law suits, other jobs, ignorance, stupidity, etc.

However, none of us could remember any dirt about Bill Blankemeir being flung.

If nothing else sets these candidates apart - "cleanliness" is worthy of consideration.


Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: Blankemeier Gets My Vote

I have attended every forum in the quad-cities representing District 4 candidates, and I must say that Bill Blankemeier is the only candidate who seems to be fit for the job. He always has an example to prove his point/opinion, and seems to be well-rounded. You can tell that he is a candidate that cannot be bought into doing something. He will do what he thinks is right for the county. As he says, "Vote for Blankemeier...he's the only "Bill" you'll be happy you got!

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: @ I like Lynn

This message approved by the vote for Lynn committee! Nix it o Lynn. She is like the worst most uninformed and under educated person in the race for her to win would be the extreme last resort. If she was the last politician on earth, I would still advocate for a recall.. Well cant wait till tomorrow!

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: I Like Lynn

In the District 4 election, best man for the job is the woman. Lynn Duke has my enthusiastic vote because she will represent the entire district, not just the agenda of a small minority.

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: dutch holland

district 2.......
nixing on tom thurman. he has been pretty good, but listening to him speak at forums.... he has become too much the politician.
we are thinking more of someone new and fresh.... like martin pangburn.


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee

The US has demonstrated REPEATEDLY that its citizens reject this form of government. The will of the majority MUST BE respected! Routinely, over 50% of the people reject participation in t his criminal farce.

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Just a ray of Sunshine.

@@just a ray of sunshine, That is my point HE DID NOT PICK UP HIS Fiance on the Internet. IT IS A LIE therefore Cyber bullying


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: WALTER! WALTER!

Walter! Walter! He's our man! If he can't do it, no one can!

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: @just a ray of sunshine

I didn't even know he picked his lady up on the internet.

Maybe you are the cyber bully because you are making totally different news to me.


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Just a ray of Sunshine

@ just thinking


Your comment is nothing less than cyber bullying, how can YOU know something like that, ... You see I know both Harold and his lady friend and they are both very honest and decent people

Harold has my vote


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Cow Girl

Wake up District 4. If you do your homework you will see the chaos already in the wake of Craig Brown's actions as a candidate. What could we expect when he is "off leash" if he wins our vote? There is no excuse for the way he treated our neighbors who run the Texaco station at Outer Loop Road. This is a self-defined bigshot from LA who is trying to buy himself a supervisor's seat. Virginia, you're a sweetheart and your intentions are commendable, but you keep betting on losing horses. It is easy as ABC - Anybody But Craig.

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Williams

When I counseled Andy Tobin before I decided to run for office, he predicted it would take $30,000 to win, all the way through November that is.
Kinda sad if you think about it almost as sad as the presidential candidates spending a couple hundred million to date.
Someone will by this race, based on cash, and with nothing to do with good ideas for the county.


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: @Just Thinking

Maybe Mr.Wise does not want the money of the Corrupt in this area, Check out PART TIME Jack's financial report folks!!

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: just thinking

Harold Wise, is that because you know the people in PV are tired of you and we remember how you dumped us?

Maybe you should stick with the junk you pick up on the internet. Let that work for you!


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee

The sign says "Your vote counts" Your summary article proves "Money Counts!".
I cannot understand why my vote counts when there are numerous cases of candidates declared "winners" who receive fewer votes than their opponents.
Actually MOST of the citizenry have no confidence in the scam perpetrated every even numbered year and want no part of it. When are you facists going to listen to the will of thepeople and disband this farce?


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: An Old Friend

When Craig first told me he was running for office I laughed inside. I've known him for several years now, and the thought of him holding public office is unfathomable. While I do like him as a friend I think he has anger issues that would cause problems for him as a supervisor. He is quick to act without giving any thought to his actions.
My fear is that he will act out of anger over an issue and we have to live with the consequences.


Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: All Info

To see actual finance reports of contributions, go to www.yavapai.us/campaignfinance/



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