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1:48 AM Sat, Nov. 17th

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PRESCOTT VALLEY ­ The campaign money balance sheets for Legislative District Four are in and, as usual, the incumbents posted far greater donations and expenses than their opponents.

In the Senate race, the two Republican candidates, incumbent Jack Harper and newcomer Willard "Bill" Whalen Jr., posted almost identical war chests of just more than $21,000.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission supplied the bulk of both candidates' war chests with $17,918 each.

Clean Elections candidates also must collect at least 210 $5 donations to qualify for public money.

However, Whalen spent $20,303 on his campaign, almost exactly $5,000 more than Harper spent.

On the other side of the aisle, Prescott doctor and Democrat Ed Gogek took in $15,505 and spent $9,265. The bulk of his money, $11,945, also came from the CCEC.

He is running uncontested and will face the Republican primary election winner in the Nov. 7 general election.

In the House race, all the candidates will move on to the general election, since each district gets two House seats and only two candidates are running in the Democratic race and two in the Republican race.

Republican incumbent Rep. Judy Burges of Skull Valley took in $23,201 and spent $16,831. Fellow incumbent Rep. Tom Boone posted contributions of $14,945 and expenses of $4,509.

Burges and Boone received $17,918 and $11,945 from the CCEC, respectively. They'll each get the opposite amounts in the general election race, so they'll end up with the same total amount.

Postings from the House Democratic candidates for the fourth Legislative District showed an even greater disparity.

Debra Boehlke took in $14,934, most of it CCEC money, compared to political newcomer Sue Dolphin, who took in $1,784. Dolphin, a retired accountant, is the only candidate in Legislative District Four who did not apply for and receive Clean Election money.