Topeka Votes '09
Topeka Council Candidate Draws Most Contributions

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A couple Topeka mayoral candidates are pulling in big bucks for their primary campaigns, but it's a council candidate who tops the fundraising race.

In campaign finance reports due at the Shawnee County Elections Offict Monday, District 5 candidate Larry Wolgast reports raising $13,080 to incumbent Bill Haynes $100. Fellow challenger Mike Padilla reported raising $400, while Carl Lundquist filed an affidavit stating less than $500 was raised and spent.

In the mayor's race, incumbent Bill Bunten raised $10,975 with deputy mayor Jeff Preisner reporting $5600 for his challenge and Jon-Wesley O'Hara reporting $100. Jason Dabny and Randal Trackwell filed affidavits.

In the other council contests:
Dist. 1 City Council
Total Contributions
David Brown - Affidavit
Jamie Eldringhoff - Affidavit
Karen Hiller - $5465.27
Shawn Leisinger - $1190
Tim Lloyd - Affidavit
Toni Wash - Affidavit

Dist. 3 City Council
Total Contributions
Donald Coolberth - Affidavit
Roy Groves- Affidavit
Sylvia Ortiz - $200 ($3280 on hand)
Ellen Ross - $50

Dist. 7 City Council
Total Contributions
Robert Archer - Affidavit
Beth Cooper - $0
Craig Gunther - $100
Lisa Stubbs - $7380

District 9 does not have a primary, but in reports filed there, incumbent Richard Harmon reports contributions of $100, with $11,070 on hand. Challenger Bob Percival reports raising $0.

Advance voting for the spring elections started Monday at the Shawnee Co. Elections Office. The office has extended hours this week, open from 8 am to 6pm at 911 SW 37th.