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Monday, July 28, 2014

Candidates collect last-minute donations

BY BRENT D. WISTROM
The Wichita Eagle

March 25 was a good day for James Clendenin's campaign for the open City Council seat in southeast Wichita's District 3.

Clendenin collected $7,500 in campaign money that day. Then he landed another $1,000 in the two days after, giving a boost to the $13,625 he has already raised during the race.

The figures are part of new finance reports filed Thursday that show money raised from March 25 to 30.

Clendenin had already easily eclipsed his opponent, Mark Gietzen, in the money game. Gietzen raised about $5,105 during the race, and his most recent financial report showed him with $18 on hand for the rest of the race.

Clendenin's cash came from real estate developers, lawyers, bankers and machinists. Among those giving maximum $500 contributions were Andrew, Paula, Susan and Mark Hutton, all listed as attorneys. Genesis Health Clubs owner Rodney Steven II also gave $500, as did developer Jay Russell.

Southwest Wichita's District 4 campaigns also caught a wave of last-minute money. Candidate Joshua Blick reported $5,000 in checks on March 25. All came as maximum contributions of $500. The contributors include: Georgia Biggs, James Dunning, James Dunning Jr., Douglas Farha, Mary Laham, Steven Ritchie, Greg Somerhalder, Elena Somerhalder, Carolyn Timsah and Talal Timsah.

Candidate Michael O'Donnell, meanwhile, reported $1,350 in last-minute money. Jay and Pam Russell gave a combined $500, car dealer Les Eck added $500, Benjamin Lee, a dentist, gave $200, and Paul Attwater III, a financial adviser, pitched in $150, the report shows.

Reach Brent D. Wistrom at 316-268-6228 or bwistrom@wichitaeagle.com.

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