Sedgwick County Commission candidates report funds raised

07/28/2014 6:48 PM

08/08/2014 10:25 AM

Sen. Carolyn McGinn raised more than twice as much money as incumbent Richard Ranzau this year in the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission, records showed Monday.

McGinn raised $37,800 from Jan. 1 through July 24, according to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. Ranzau raised $15,660.

Ranzau had $6,858 in his campaign coffers at the beginning of the period, and McGinn had $10,335 available to her.

Ranzau closed the period with $7,178, and McGinn ended with $12,104.

The Republicans seek to represent residents in the north-central part of the county, including Park City, Valley Center and Sedgwick.

McGinn is a former commissioner with time left on her legislative term. Ranzau is seeking a second four-year term on the five-member board. The primary winner will face Democrat Melody McCray-Miller in the general election. Records showed that as of 6 p.m. Monday, McCray-Miller had not filed a report. Monday was the deadline for candidates to report their campaign finances.

McGinn received $500 contributions from many of Wichita’s most well-known businesspeople, including Intrust Bank’s Lyndon Wells; developer David Burk and his wife, property manager D.J. Burk; contractor David Wells of Key Construction and his wife, Robyn; Rick McCafferty of Key Construction and his wife, paralegal Jodi McCafferty; developer Jay Russell; contractor Howard Sherwood; lawyer Harvey Sorensen; contractor Kenneth Wells of Key Construction; architect Joe Johnson; banker J.V. Lentell of Intrust Bank; Spirit Aerosystems’ political action committee; Spirit Aerosystems; several companies associated with Warren Theatres and Bill Warren; CPA David Jabara; lawyer Jack Focht; Barry Schwan; Ron Cornejo; All Metal Recycling; developer Phil Ruffin; retired Spirit CEO Jeff Turner and his wife, therapist Rhonda Turner; and the Wichita Area Business political action committee. Several farmers also donated to McGinn, who farms in Sedgwick.

Commissioner Tim Norton, a Democrat, gave $100 to McGinn.

Ranzau received $500 contributions from many in the real estate industry, including Edwards Realty; Cynthia Edwards; Dick Elliott; Sharon Pack; Robert Baker; David Harder; Bill Ard; Cindi Harris; Colby Sandlian; James Harris; Farmington Plaza; Southview Plaza; Flatlands LLC; Builders Inc.; Nestor Weigand Jr.; Cathy Tilma; Sandra Stevens; Charles Stevens; Marjorie Stevens; and Kelly Benton.

Ranzau also received $500 from the Kansas State Rifle Association in Bonner Springs.

In the District 5 Republican primary, Derby Mayor Dion Avello outraised Rep. Jim Howell, despite getting a late start in the race. Avello filed after Jim Skelton announced he would not seek re-election. Avello had no money on hand at the beginning of the reporting period and raised $21,672. Howell had $9,234 at the start of the period and raised $17,835.

Howell, who loaned himself $5,000, ended the period with $11,284, and Avello, who put $1,000 into his campaign, spent all but $3,404.

Avello received $500 donations from Midwest Hearing; Terry Brewster of Midwest Hearing; Damm Pharmacy in Derby; real estate development companies IKM LLC, Two Times LLC, Sixty-Four Hundred LLC and Summit Avenue LLC; Gary Sanders; Universal LC, a service company; Nancy Lusk and W.E. Lusk Jr.; David Niederee and his wife, Cynthia; Lyndon and Marty Wells of Intrust Bank; Don and Linda McGinty of McGinty Machine Precision Parts; Summit Holdings LLC; HH Holidays LLC; Marketplace Properties; Talal Timsah and Carolyn Timsah; 4503 LLC; Joseph Hemmelgarn of Wichita Vending; Tall Tree LLC; Sciortino and Associates; Slawson Commercial Development Co.; Socora Land Co.; Ron Cornejo; and All Metal Recycling.

Former Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw gave Avello $250, and Norton offered up $100.

Howell received $500 contributions from lawyer Rep. Mark Kahrs and his wife, Sherri; Kahrs Law Office; Recheck Inc.; Sharon Pack; Robert Baker; James Harris; James Harris III; Cindy Harris; Dick Elliott; Sandlian Realty; David Harder; Donald Carbon; Bryan Pate; Clark Enterprises; Benjamin Franklin Plumbing; Shinkle Family Services; Jason Clark; Flatlands LLC; Farmington Plaza; Southview Plaza; Builders Inc.; Nestor Weigand Jr.; Michael O’Donnell; Peggy O’Donnell; Summit Holdings LLC; and Margene Leach.

The Kansas State Rifle Association also gave Howell $500.

Howell and Ranzau shared many contributors.

The primary winner will face Democrat Richard Young in the general election. Young has raised $500 in his campaign, receiving a contribution from R.L. Dial Co.

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