Retired businessman Phil Neff has considerably more money in his campaign coffers than his 10 challengers for the Wichita school board's at-large seat, according to financial disclosure forms filed Tuesday.
Neff, 69, a retired insurance broker and former chairman of the Wichita Community Foundation, had raised more than $10,150 during the reporting period that started Jan. 1, according to his filing.
"Certainly the support has exceeded my expectations," Neff said Tuesday.
"After being in business for 40 years and hopefully treating people fairly during that time, I guess... people feel comfortable with me and believe if I'm deciding to run for this that they will happily support me."
Neff's list of contributors features several well-known names in the Wichita business community, including Bill Hanna, Clay Bastian, Al Higdon, Don Barry and former Mayor Bob Knight.
He hadn't yet spent any of his campaign money, according to the finance report.
Carly Miller, a 22-year-old real estate agent, had raised nearly $4,400 and spent $2,881. The contributions include a $3,000 loan from herself.
Sheril Logan, a former Wichita teacher and assistant superintendent for middle schools, raised about $3,190 during the reporting period and spent about $2,590, according to her filing.
Logan's list of contributors features several familiar names in education, including former teachers union president Paul Babich, former administrator Diana Cubbage and retired principals Susan Hussey and Penny Longhofer.
Candidate Kim Bush raised about $1,300 and spent about $287, according to her filing.
Margarita LaFarelle Hunt raised $1,250 — including a $1,000 loan from herself — and spent $1,167.
Susan Kiefer, a mother of three and substitute school nurse, reported raising $825, most of it in contributions of $50 or less. She had spent only $12.75 so far, according to the finance report.
Most other candidates have filed forms asking to be exempt from campaign finance reports because they plan to spend less than $500 on their primary campaigns
Chris Colvin had not submitted a finance report by late Tuesday, according to the Sedgwick County election office.