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City candidates combine to collect nearly $76,000 in primary campaign money

PRESCOTT - In money matters, the 11 candidates seeking four seats on the Prescott City Council have easily outdistanced the campaign spending from previous city election years.

Overall, the field of eight council candidates and three mayoral candidates combined to collect nearly $76,000 so far in the race toward the Sept. 1 primary.

That compares with about $55,000 in campaign contributions at the same point in the 2007 City Council election, and $63,000 in the 2005 primary season.

Similar to the scenario in the 2007 race, two of the mayoral candidates accounted for a significant percentage of the total - at nearly $30,000 combined.

Mayoral challenger Marlin Kuykendall was the top recipient and spender in the race so far, collecting $18,914, and spending nearly $16,000.

That compares with the $10,587 that incumbent Mayor Jack Wilson collected, and the $7,649 that he spent.

The other mayoral candidate, Glenn Gooding, reported spending $748.

Of the eight candidates vying for three council posts, challenger Michael Allen Peters came out on top on both campaign receipts and expenditures. Through Aug. 12, Peters collected $12,330, and had spent $10,993.

With less than two weeks remaining until the primary, candidates had until Thursday to get their pre-primary financial disclosure forms in to the Prescott City Clerk. State law limits the amount an individual can give a candidate to $410.

A breakdown of where the money came from:

Mayor race

• Gooding reported no contributions that exceeded $300.

• Kuykendall - along with lending $2,000 to his own campaign, Kuykendall's top contributors ($300 or more) included: housewife Angela Tucker ($410); self-employed landlord Don Karcie ($300); M.P. Brutinel, a banker with Country Bank ($300); retiree Patrick Kuykendall ($410); retiree Currie Lee ($400); Phoenix businessman Scott Lee ($390); Circle D Builders owner David Potthast ($410); attorney Don Moon ($410); Northsky Homes builder Larry Sullins ($400); Barbara Denney, owner of Barbara Denney's Permanent Cosmetics ($400); retiree Bill Denney ($400); and Bullhead City doctor Gordon Ritter ($300).

Kuykendall also received four major contributions of $410 each from firefighter organizations in Tucson, Casa Grande, Phoenix, and Tempe.

In addition, Kuykendall received a number of major in-kind contributions, including: $300 in advertising from Prescott Transit Authority owner Steve Silvernale; $410 in fundraiser food from housewife Doreen Mulder; $410 in a meet and greet/new home social from Arizona Highway Safety Specialists owner Karen Fann.

• Wilson - along with lending his campaign a total of $5,000, Wilson's top contributors (of $300 or more) included: retiree Sandee Hanahan ($410); and Illinois carpenter Thomas Hanahan III ($410).

In addition, Wilson had an in-kind contribution of $350 in graphics design from Green Elephant Marketing graphics designer Laura Emily Williams.

Council candidates

• Robert Behnke reported total campaign receipts of $4,944, of which $4,394 was a contribution by Behnke to his own campaign. In addition, he listed one contributor of $300 or more: retiree Katherine Greene ($300).

• Bob Bell - with a total of $7,310 in receipts, Bell reported lending $886 of that amount to his campaign. In addition, his contributors of $300 or more included: retiree Richard Hudson ($300); real estate investor Cliff Petrovsky ($410); North Carolina businessman Bryan Tucker ($410); and contractor Thomas Devereaux ($300).

Bell also received two contributions of $410 each from fire-fighter organizations from Lake Havasu and Phoenix.

• Steve Blair reported total receipts of $3,860, of which $2,000 came from a loan he made to his campaign. He listed nine individual contributions, none of which exceeded the $300 mark. In addition, Blair received a major contribution of $410 from a Tempe firefighters organization.

• John Hanna - with $5,460 in total receipts, Hanna reported contributing $500 of that amount to his campaign. In addition, his major contributors ($300 or more) included: investor Walt Scrimgeour ($410); homemaker Mary Ann Scrimgeour ($410); contractor Dave Fisher ($410); Dewey contractor Ed Miller of Ed's Construction Service ($300); and J&G Sales ($410).

In addition, Hanna received two contributions of $410 each from Phoenix-area firefighter organizations.

• Paul Katan - with total receipts of $2,289, Katan reported lending $40 of that amount to his own campaign. In addition, he listed major contributions ($300 or more) from: self-employed manufacturer Howard Mechanic ($390); and retiree Jeri Smith-Fornara ($390).

• Tammy Linn - with total receipts of $4,083, Linn reported major contributors ($300 or more) including: retiree Eloise Esser ($300); self-employed real estate developer Jim Lee ($390); and retiree Linda Lee ($390).

• Robert Luzius - reporting total receipts of $5,371, Luzius listed a major contributor ($300 or more): self-employed/business owner Kent Fairbairn ($100).

In addition, Luzius received three major contributions of $410 each from firefighter organizations in Tucson, Casa Grande, and Phoenix.

• Peters, who reported $12,300 in total receipts, listed major contributors ($300 or more) including: Scott Lee, vice president of Lee Ltd. in Phoenix ($390); retiree Linda Lee ($390); self-employed real estate developer Jim Lee ($390); retiree Jerrold Burgoyne ($350); self-employed consultant Sanford Williams ($410); Georgia lawyer George Stein ($410); Texas human resources employee Shane Robinson ($410); Michelle Robinson (no occupation) of Texas ($400); and Texas dentist Boyd Shepard ($410).

The ballots for the primary went out in the mail in mid-August, and the primary will take place on Sept. 1.