Cooper is campaign's big spender; Candidates way ahead of 1999 spending pace

PRESCOTT –As Prescott City Council primaries go, 2001 has been a year of relatively big bucks.

The two mayoral candidates and eight City Council candidates combined to spend more than $37,000 in the early days of this primary. That compares with about $12,800 that a different 10 candidates spent by this time in the 1999 primary.

The bulk of this year's campaign money went to the mayor's race, where candidates Dick Cooper and Rowle Simmons combined to spend more than twice as much as the eight City Council candidates altogether.

Undoubtedly, part of the reason for the heavy early spending is the mail election that the city is trying for the first time this year.

Because voters got their ballots three weeks before the Sept. 11 primary date, candidates likely decided not to wait to do their campaign push.

State law requires the candidates to file forms with city hall that detail the contributions they received, as well as what they spent the money on. The disclosures are due four times throughout the primary and general election season. Thursday was the deadline for the first round of disclosures.

Cooper took the lead in both campaign contributions and spending during this round of disclosures.

With 144 individual contributors, Cooper easily surpassed Simmons' 35 total contributions. Altogether, Cooper took in $15,919, and he spent $15,168 of that amount.

Cooper received a number of contributions of $340, the maximum amount a person can give to a candidate. Among his top contributors were retirees Robert Rugo, John Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Jeri Smith Fornara and Raymond Loome.

Cooper also received a contribution of $310 from retiree Ester Kendig, and a $300 contribution from rental property owner and manager Glen Wright, who is running for a job on the City Council.

Other contributions of $200 or more came from retirees Elizabeth Camarot, Clyde Babcock, Gloria Gooder, Suzanne Palmer, Betty Lott, Linda Harrison and Barbara Aldington. Consultant Carolyn Bradshaw and public relations businessman Albert Bradshaw each contributed $250.

Cooper got another 42 contributions in the $100 range, as well as a contribution from himself for $1,000.

Of Cooper's 144 contributors, the disclosure form identified 108 as retirees.

Cooper spent his money for a variety of campaign expenses, including an entry fee for the Frontier Days parade, office supplies, postage, advertising signs and banners, campaign stickers and signs. He paid $3,570 to Cable One for advertising, and another $1,278 for a campaign dinner.

Simmons also had a fairly large budget to work with. He took in a total of $11,905, and he spent $10,937 of that amount.

Simmons received a number of the maximum $340 contributions, as well as several for $320.

Among his top contributors were: mortician Henry Hampton; secretary Catherine Hampton; Jim Lamerson, owner of Lamerson's Jewelry, and the president of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce; retiree Robert Habu; retiree Joan Pierce; rancher Stephen Pierce; retiree Theodore Liese; retiree Gabrielle Liese; and Tucson homemaker Julie Molua.

Simmons also received contributions of $200 or more from state Rep. Henry Camarot; retiree Randall Clark; homemaker Bonnie Devereau; and retiree Robert Stragnell.

Of the more than 30 contributions Simmons received, 15 were in the $100 range, including one from architect Tom Reilly, who currently serves on the Prescott City Council but is not running for another term.

In addition to his contributions, Simmons made a loan to his campaign of $6,100.

The bulk of his campaign money went for advertising, including $4,201 with Cable One, $1,453 with KYCA Radio, $867 with Prescott Newspapers, and $676 with KQNA Radio.

Simmons spent another $1,339 for signs, and also bought posters, T-shirts, banners, and paid for printing.

Only six of the eight council candidates filed disclosure forms with the city. The other two, Robert Widen and John Steward, were exempt from filing because they planned to collect and spend less than $500 on the campaign.

Details of the remaining candidates' disclosures:

• With 18 contributors, Robert Luzius collected $4,246, and he spent $2,864.

Among his top contributors were: Jeri Smith Fornara, who gave the maximum of $340; retiree Martha Duck, who gave $250; and retirees Eloise Esser and Shirley Bronski, who each gave $200. In addition, Luzius made a loan to his campaign for $2,402.

Luzius spent his money on signs, postage and a flier.

• Glen Wright made a personal loan to his campaign for $3,500, which was the total amount he collected.

He spent $2,192 of that amount on signs and advertising on KKLD Radio.

• Phyllis Boris collected $1,907 for her campaign, and she had spent $1,582 by the first disclosure deadline.

She received two contributions – $200 from retiree Jean Colbert as well as a $50 contribution. In addition, Boris made a $1,582 loan to her campaign from her own money.

Most of Boris' campaign money went for advertising. She spent $624 with KYCA Radio, $558 with KQNA, and $273 with Prescott Newspapers.

• Allisone Scott led the eight council candidates in both in the amount of campaign money she had to work with and the number of contributors. From 36 total contributors, she collected $4,277. Of that, she spent $2,829.

Scott's top contributors were: Susan Scott, a California retail manager at Macy's, who gave $300; Betty Martinsen, a California homemaker, who gave $200; Jonathan King, the president of New Frontiers, who gave $250; and Laura Adolphsen of Prescott Valley, who gave $300.

Scott also had a number of contributions in the $100 range, which she received from a variety of local residents, including a musician, an artist, a hypnotherapist, a teacher, business owner, and a mortgage broker.

Scott spent her money for a variety of campaign items, including food, wine and supplies for campaign fundraisers. She also paid for buttons, signs, and for advertising with KYCA Radio and The Daily Courier. Along with cash, Scott received about $684 in in-kind contributions.

• Bob Bell collected a total of $1,000, of which he spent $636. He had 10 total contributions, with seven in the $100 range, which came from a variety of Prescott residents, including a motel operator, a driver, a banker, a saloon owner, and a real estate salesperson.

Bell's largest contribution came from broker Jean Noel, who gave $200.

Bell spent most of his money ($627) with 3D Concepts for the design of his Web site.

• Bob Roecker collected $1,310, and he spent $1,165 by the first disclosure deadline. He had 10 total contributions, of which six were in the $100 range. He received contributions from a chiropractor, a mini-storage owner, and construction business people.

Roecker's largest contributions came from: Prescott business consultant Brad Penner, who gave $200, and hotel owners Allen and Julie Hurt, who gave $200. His campaign also got a $50 contribution from Yavapai County Supervisor Gheral Brownlow and his wife, Carol, who gave $50. Roecker loaned his campaign $100 of his own money.

Roecker spent most of his money on printing and mailing costs.

Contact Cindy Barks at cbarks@prescottaz.com