Elections

Sam Williams, Jeff Longwell top fundraisers in mayor’s race

The mayoral candidates.
The mayoral candidates.

Two of the 10 candidates for Wichita mayor have raised the majority of funds in the race.

Sam Williams, a retired executive at Sullivan Higdon & Sink advertising firm, has raised a total of $85,656, according to campaign finance reports that were due earlier this week. He loaned his own campaign $10,000 in August and reports show he’s spent more than $26,900 on the campaign since Jan. 1.

“We’ve been blessed. We’ve been fortunate and I think our message is resonating with voters,” said Williams, who thinks the funds will help give him an edge in next week’s primary.

District 5 City Council member Jeff Longwell has raised the second highest amount of money with a total of $47,254. His campaign has spent $40,087 since Jan. 1.

“We are out there visiting with as many people as we can to share our story and our hope is they appreciate what we’re about and they want to get behind our campaign,” Longwell said.

The campaign has seen a boost since the latest filing deadline on Monday, Longwell said, and it has raised a total of about $55,000 so far.

“It’s a really nice momentum to have” going into the primary next week, Longwell said.

Monday was the most recent deadline for campaign finance reports from mayoral candidates from Jan. 1 to Feb. 19.

The March 3 primary will narrow the number of candidates to two ahead of the April 7 general election.

Mayor Carl Brewer cannot run for a third consecutive term.

Here is a list of all the mayoral candidates and what they’ve raised so far based on filings with the Sedgwick County Elections Office:

Robert Culver

Culver, 43, is a sheet metal worker at Tennison Bros. He was born in Wichita and grew up in Andover, Rose Hill and Goddard. Culver graduated from Goddard High School.

Cash available: Unknown. Culver has not filed paperwork with Sedgwick County Elections Office.

Total expenditures: Unknown

Largest contributors: Unknown

Treasurer: Natasha Witt

Sean Hatfield

Hatfield, 32, is an attorney for Maughan Law Group and has lived in Wichita since 2009. He’s originally from Bennington, a town near Salina, and attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate degree and went to law school at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Hatfield was a part of the Coalition for a Better Wichita, a group that opposed the 1-cent-on-the-dollar city sales tax measure on the November ballot.

Cash available: $11,730

Total expenditures: $5,866

Largest contributors: Hatfield’s largest contributors are all physicians: Bassam Mattar and Rita Mattar, $1,000; Badr Idbeis and Brigitte Idbeis, $1,000; Shaker Dakhil and Kathie Dakhil, $1000; George Zakharia, $500; Nassim El Nabbout and Nelly Saad El Nabbout, $600; and Sammy Kouri, $400. KeyCentrix executive Elie Khalife donated $500.

Treasurer: Blake Shuart

Dan Heflin

Heflin, 51, is a product engineer who owns Nu-Ans Design and NoMar Self Storage. He’s a former aircraft designer at Cessna. He previously ran for the 84th District legislative seat against Rep. Gail Finney in 2010 and 2012. Originally from Pratt, Heflin moved to Wichita for college. He received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State.

Cash available: $0

Total expenditures: $20,698

Largest contributors: Heflin contributed $20,698 as a personal loan to his campaign, he said, and his campaign finance report incorrectly stated that money was an in-kind donation.

Treasurer: Myron Ackerman

Frances Jackson

Jackson, 75, is the semi-retired executive director of Y.D.S. Inc. She has served as a trustee for the Wichita Art Museum; a presiding elder for the African American Council of Elders; part of the Wichita Area Nonprofit Chamber of Service, and various other community groups.

Cash available: $555

Total expenditures: $0

Largest contributors: Jackson spent $250 on her own campaign. Another $250 was donated by Pat Lehman, a retiree.

Treasurer: Janet Diggs

Jeff Longwell

Longwell, 55, is the owner of Ad Astra Printing and has been a City Council member representing District 5 in northwest Wichita for the past eight years. He was a member of the Maize school board for 12 years.

Cash available: $47,254

Total expenditures: $40,087

Largest contributors: Longwell’s biggest contributers – at $500 each – include developers Jeff Pritchard, Jack Ritchie, LouAnn Ritchie, Kevin Mullen, Nancy Mullen, Terry Rhea, Debra Rhea; nonprofit executive Mike Noller and teacher Kim Noller; retirees Kon Kardatzke and Lorna Kardatzke; businessman Joe Poston; contractor Earl Mies and Kathleen Mies; financial adviser Judy Schoenecker; accountant Kurt Breitenbach; executive Bob Aldrich; contractor James Rowe; car dealer John Culver and Saretta Culver; insurance administrator Michael Howell; attorney Jeff Kennedy; financial adviser Janice Bosch; retiree Lynn Stephan; retiree Bill Ard; contractor Ronald Coleman; retiree Dee Jonson; executive Greg Johnson; businesswoman Rebecca Steckline; construction manager Max Beins and Marcine Beins; construction manager Kirk Howie and Shanae Howie; builders Patrick Goebel and Christopher Goebel; attorney Charles Ohara; aerospace fabrication owner Steven Cox; builder Mike Lies; and business broker Steven Fischer.

Treasurer: Mike Kuckelman

Tony Rosales

Rosales, 38, is co-owner and operator of Twin Peaks, a restaurant on the east side. He was born and raised in Wichita and went to Bishop Carroll High School. This is his first run for office.

Cash available: $700

Total expenditures: $435

Largest contributors: His biggest contributors are retirees Debbie and Gilbert Rosales at $200 each. Rosales has contributed $150 to his own campaign.

Treasurer: Bill Suchan

Tracy Stewart

Stewart, 38, is a banker at Bankers’ Bank of Kansas. He volunteers with United Way of the Plains and the Lord’s Diner.

Cash available: Unknown. Stewart has not filed paperwork with Sedgwick County Elections Office.

Total expenditures: Unknown

Largest contributors: Unknown

Treasurer: Jaclyn Saferite

Lavonta Williams

Williams, 65, is a retired educator and has served as the District 1 City Council member in north-central Wichita for the past six years. Williams still has two years left on her current council term.

Cash available: $3,505

Total expenditures: $0

Largest contributors: Williams’ largest contributors are Attorney Kelly Johnston, and Marilyn and Robert Boewe of the Spice Merchant for $500 each.

Treasurer: Norman Williams

Sam Williams

In June, Williams, 63, retired as an executive at Sullivan, Higdon & Sink – the state’s largest marketing firm – to run for mayor. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Williams moved to Wichita from Salt Lake City in 1989 with his wife and six kids.

Cash available: $85,656

Total expenditures: $26,904

Largest contributors: The following people contributed $500 each: physician Carrie Arnett; builders Ben and Erin Hutton; retiree Kathleen Taylor; accountant Paul Allen; investor Ken Wagnon; executive Hal McCoy and Nancy McCoy; High Touch Technologies executive Wayne Chambers and Susan Chambers; banker M.D. Michaelis; attorney Richard Honeyman; developer Colby Sandian; oil and gas businessman Willis Hartman and Elizabeth Hartman; investor Tom Devlin; banker Dee Michaelis; real estate executive Gary Oborny; oil and gas business owner Adam Beren; real estate executive Nestor Weigand; equipment sales executive Suzanne Berry; retiree Helen Meyer; golf club president Jeff Johnson; insurance executive John Lanning and Carol Lanning; energy executive Mark Shreve and Barbara Shreve; builder Carl Harris; insurance owner Ron Paulseen; manufacturing owner Donald McGinty; construction executive Carolyn Grier; telecommunications executive Matthew Michaelis; real estate property owner Brock Oaks; construction and designer Tiffany Farha; Marla Chandler; marketing vice president Brock Campbell; building supplies executives Patrick Goebel and Chris Goebel; banker Frank Sullentrop; attorney Bill Oliver and Mary Lynn Oliver; homemaker Deb Grimes; construction business owner Robert Dool; real estate agent Stephen Clark and Becky Clark; real estate office manager Sharon Pack; real estate Robert Baker; retiree Dena Elliot and broker Dick Elliot; oil and property managers Tyler Thomas and Cathy Tilma; oil and property management owners Johnny and Marjorie Stevens; and oil and property management financial manager Sandra Stevens.

Williams also loaned his campaign $10,000 last August.

Treasurer: Albert Denny

Jennifer Winn

Winn, 44, is owner of Landscapes Inc., which she started 14 years ago with $100. Last fall, she ran against Gov. Sam Brownback in the Republican primary for governor and garnered about 37 percent of the vote. Winn was born in Wichita and attended Wichita West High School. She has four children and eight grandchildren.

Cash available: Unknown. Winn has not filed paperwork with Sedgwick County Elections Office.

Total expenditures: Unknown

Largest contributors: Unknown

Treasurer: Shelly Pribanic

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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