Originally Published: August 24, 2017 6:02 a.m.
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).
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.