More than $220,000 spent on city election

Mengarelli more than doubles most raised by closest opponent

Nearly $70,000 has been raised for the Prop. 443 issue on the City of Prescott primary election ballot, with the Yes side raising more than six times the amount the No side has raised. (Courier file)

Nearly $70,000 has been raised for the Prop. 443 issue on the City of Prescott primary election ballot, with the Yes side raising more than six times the amount the No side has raised. (Courier file)

Total money collected in the City of Prescott’s primary campaign season is approaching the quarter-million-dollar mark.

As of the Aug. 12 end of the most recent campaign-finance reporting period, the receipts collected by the Prescott City Council and Mayoral candidates and the various committees for/against candidates and ballot propositions totaled $223,874.

That is up significantly from the $130,000 or so that had been collected by the June 30 end of the previous reporting period.

The candidates for mayor alone have collected more than $100,000 for their individual campaigns. And including the amount spent in opposition to two of the candidates, the total for the race tops $122,000. (See related story.)

Among the eight candidates reporting, mayoral hopeful Greg Mengarelli was the clear leader, with receipts of $55,640 — more than twice the amount raised by either of his fellow candidates Jean Wilcox ($26,982), and Mary Beth Hrin ($18,534).

Mengarelli, who had raised $32,245 by the end of the previous reporting period, reported 55 individual contributions of $50 to $2,500, as well as an in-kind contribution of $2,081.

Mengarelli’s top contributions included: $2,500 from contractor Michael Fann; $2,081 in in-kind contribution from retiree David Hess; $1,000 from Realty Executives owner Don Bonnell; $1,000 from Yamauchi Group Real Estate CFO Shoyei Yamauchi; $1,000 from Galpin Ford President Greg Galpin; and $1,000 from Women’s Medical Group physician Luis Fernandez.

By Aug. 12, Mengarelli had spent $42,079 on a variety of campaign costs, including: radio ads (KYCA, KPPV-KQNA, and Yavapai Broadcasting); signs (Signs365); advertising (Rox Direct Marketing); cable television advertising (Cableone); newspaper advertising (Prescott Newspapers); printing (EMI Printworks); and graphic design (Helken & Horn).

Other mayoral candidate disclosures included:

• Jean Wilcox – With a total of $26,982 in receipts by Aug. 12, Wilcox had collected 50 contributions of between $60 and $2,000.

Her top contributions were: $2,000 from Prescott retiree Don Moon; $1,500 from Tempe attorney Rebecca Curry; $631 from retirees Larry and Valerie Meads; $500 from retiree Rich McClish; and $500 from Internal Medicine at the Crossings physician Carol Klein.

By Aug. 12, Wilcox had spent $20,234 on expenses such as: web and social media services (Drew Tracy LLC); printing of store window signs (A&E Reprographics); graphic design (Dina Ponder); vinyl stickers (Custom Sticker Makers); printing and addressing and sign stands (Allegra); Facebook ads; U.S. Postmaster; radio ads (PV Broadcasting); yard signs (A&E Reprographics); and advertising (Specialized Publishing).

• Mary Beth Hrin – With $18,534 in total receipts, Hrin had 28 contributions of between $40 and $8,700 by Aug. 12.

Her top contributions included: $3,350 and $5,350 in separate contributions from local attorney and state Rep. David Stringer; $2,500 from state Rep. Noel Campbell; $1,000 from medical doctor Hojat Askari; and $625 from retiree Jeri Smith-Fornara.

Hrin’s campaign had spent $9,868 by Aug. 12 for costs including: radio ads (KYCA, KPPV/KQNA); sign placement (Pete Walters); advertising (Specialized Publishing); and website maintenance (iPrescott).

Council candidates

Disclosures from candidates running for three available seats on the City Council included:

• Phil Goode, with receipts of $11,225, and 13 contributions of between $100 and $300. His top contributors were: $300 from retiree Jeanne Tendall; $250 from consultant James Palmiere; and $250 from retiree Joel Schochet.

By Aug. 12, Goode had spent money on: radio ads (KYCA, PV Broadcasting/KQNA); sign service (Pete Walter); and postcard/mailing service (Allegra Marketing).

• Alexa Scholl, with receipts of $6,663, and nine contributions of between $75 and $500. Her top contributions were: $500 from attorney Don Moon; $500 from Prescott Firefighters PAC; and $450 from retiree Gill Read.

Scholl had spent $5,275 by Aug. 12, on costs such as: advertising (Valpak of Northern Arizona); donation envelopes and campaign signs (EMI Printworks); advertising (RAXX Direct Marketing); and Facebook ads.

• Connie Cantelme, with receipts of $6,605, and six contributions of between $25 and $300. Her top contributions were: $300 from retiree J. Tendall; and $200 from architect Glen Olsen.

By Aug. 12, Cantelme’s campaign had spent $6,001, including expenses for: radio ads (KYCA); and sign installation (Pete Walter).

• Joe Viccica, with receipts of $5,276, and 21 contributions of between $25 and $500. His top contributions included: $500 from retiree Don Moon; $274 in-kind contribution from retiree Jan Manolis; $225 from Upland Voice business owner Toni Denis; $200 from retiree Katherine Rose; and $200 from retiree Wendy Ruckel.

Through Aug. 12, Viccica had spent $1,950 on: campaign T-shirts (Action Graphics); and door hangers (Vistaprint).

• Steve Blair, with receipts of $1,900, and six contributions of between $50 and $1,000. His top contributions were: $1,000 loan from Blair’s business Blind Brothers AZ; $300 from developer Ken Mabarak; and $250 from manager Shary Feldmeier.

Blair, who had been exempt from filing in previous reporting cycles because he had not reached the $1,100 mark, had spent $1,661 by Aug. 12, on expenses including printing by Print Works.

• Greg Lazzell was exempt from filing a campaign-finance report, because his total receipts/disbursements did not reach $1,100.

Ballots for the City of Prescott primary were mailed to registered voters on Aug. 7, and the deadline for returning them is 7 p.m. Aug. 29.