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Chino Valley: Challenger raises more money than incumbent mayor

CHINO VALLEY - Mayoral candidate Chris Marley has raised and spent more money than incumbent Mayor Jim Bunker, according to campaign finance reports on file at the Town Clerk's office.

Marley reported raising nearly $736 in the pre-primary (Jan. 1-Feb. 16) period and a total of nearly $1,676, according to the pre-primary report. The reports were due Thursday.

Marley reported raising nearly $1,400 from individuals to date, with no contribution exceeding $100. He reported spending $1,604 to date.

He is trying to unseat Bunker in the March 8 mail-only election.

Bunker, who is seeking his second two-year term, reported raising about $847 in the pre-primary period and a total of about $914. He spent about $717.

He donated $650 to his campaign, and reported receiving no other contributions above $100.

The next statements from Bunker and Marley are due April 7 and will cover campaign fundraising and spending from Feb. 17 through March 28.

Unlike Bunker and Marley, the six candidates for Town Council filed threshold statements indicating they did not plan on raising and spending more than $500. Candidates Mike Best, James Conn, Darryl Croft, Charlie Marriott, Lon Turner and Donna Williams are running for three open council seats.

Council terms are four years.