At-large City Council challengers Ralph Russell and Susie Wienacht have raised the most campaign contributions in the field of seven candidates vying for two at-large seats on the council.
Russell, 67, retired former president/CEO of engineering firm Howard R. Green Inc., has taken in $21,210 in contributions and has loaned his campaign an additional $3,000.
Weinacht, 50, part-time manager for RWDSU-UFCW Local 110 and part-time executive director of the Iowa PTA, has taken in $16,350 in contributions and has loaned her campaign $1,000, according to reports due at the end of the workday Thursday with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board.
By early last evening, the state board had not posted on its website the financial disclosure report from at-large council incumbent Chuck Swore. Earlier in the day, Swore, 70, who runs his own business consulting firm and is retired vice president and general manager at Acme Electric, said his campaign had raised about $14,000.
Also in the at-large field, Anthony Brown, 29, manager of community engagement and development at Diversity Focus, raised $5,923 in contributions; Jerry McGrane, 74, a former City Council member and a neighborhood leader, raised $1,800 and loaned his campaign $300; and Carletta Knox-Seymour, 60, a small business owner and member of the City Planning Commission, reported $1,479 in contributions. Leland Freie, 62, day manager at the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter, reported no contributions or expenditures above the $750 threshold required to file a report with the state oversight board.
Earlier this week, Mayor Ron Corbett filed his campaign finance report, which showed that he had raised $74,125 in new contributions for his reelection bid to go with $3,180 in cash on hand from previous campaigning.
His challenger, Greg Hughes, 56, a Quaker Co. factory worker, reported contributions of $2,463, $2,138 of which he has contributed himself.
In the District 3 race, two-term incumbent Pat Shey reported $10,300 in contributions as well as $747 he has loaned his campaign. Challenger Robin Kash, 72, a retired Presbyterian minister who operates a video news operation called Neighborhood Network News, took in $1,055 in contributions and loaned his campaign $2,096. Two others in the District 3 race, Alan Modracek, 33, a crane repairman, and Robert Bates, 47, an event vendor, did not file reports because they did not plan to raise or spend more than $750.
In the District 1 race, two-term incumbent Kris Gulick, 54, a certified public accountant and owner of a business consulting firm, took in $5,405 in new contributions to add to $3,304 in cash on hand from his previous campaign. Challenger Clark Rieke, retired real estate agent and appraiser, raised $325 and loaned his campaign $1,055. Challenger Ajai Dittmar, 42, a homemaker, filed a report with the state agency earlier in October, but the agency did not report any updates by the end of the workday on Thursday.
In District 5, two-term council member Justin Shields is running unopposed. Nonetheless, he reported $18,440 in new contributions to go with $3,896 in cash on hand from previous campaigns.