Sheriff's candidates far outspend others in local races

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Carson City sheriff's candidate Ken Furlong leads four other hopefuls in fund raising after collecting about $29,400 for his campaign.

The five sheriff's candidates have raised and spent more than other local candidate in the primary stage of the 2002 election year.

Carson City candidates raked in a total of about $118,000 in campaign contributions. Much of the money spent so far in the campaign is heading into the coffers of local sign makers and advertisers, according to financial statements filed Tuesday.

Furlong's donations came from friends including Dee Shoemaker, who donated $1,350. Business support came from Landmark Homes and Development, $1,000. Furlong has spent about $27,100 on his campaign, including about $14,000 from his own pocket.

Sheriff's candidate Scott Burau has raised $22,045 for his campaign. He has spent $20,593. All of his donations of more than $100 came from friends including Mark and Michelle Amodei, $200, Steve and Nancy Hartman, $500, Marv and Liz Teixeira, $200 and John and Kathy Tatro, $200. Burau spent just shy of $20,600 on his campaign so far.

Sheriff's candidate Bob Guimont listed the single largest donation to any local candidate with a $5,000 donation from Ron Weddell, a Carson City businessman who has been a vocal critic of Carson City's justice system. Guimont raised about $19,550 for his campaign, and has spent around $19,140, mostly on advertising.

Sheriff's candidates Wayne Fazzino and Richard Mendoza spent a fraction of their opponents at $7,400 and $1,075, respectively. Fazzino contributed $5,000 to his campaign, and his largest donation was for $1,000 from Steve Main of Nevada Fitness Center.

The sheriff's race will be culled from five candidates to two in Tuesday's primary election.

In other races:

-- Incumbent Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover raised $5,225 for his campaign against challenger Mary Ann Dickens, who listed her contributions and spending at $797 of her own money. Glover has spent about $2,100, mostly on advertising and signs. He listed contributions from the Committee to Elect Mark Amodei, $500, and Northern Nevada Title Co., $200 among numerous donations from friends.

-- Carson assessor's candidate David Dawley raised $4,454 and has spent just under $4,390. He faces Taunya Milligan in the Nov. 5 general election. Milligan raised $6,635, and has spent just under $4,450 on her campaign.

-- Ward 3 Supervisor Pete Livermore raised $8,225 for his re-election bid. He listed donors such as Landmark Homes and Development, $500. Northern Nevada Title Co., $250 and a $200 donation from Ed Epperson, chief executive officer of Carson-Tahoe Hospital. Livermore's opponent, Neil Weaver, said he forgot to file his disclosure forms Tuesday. He said he did not take "one penny" from donors.

-- Although Supervisor Robin Williamson and Treasurer Al Kramer are both running unopposed for their respective offices, each raised about $3,000 for their campaigns. Williamson received 30 contributions below $100 and has spent $500 on her reelection bid. Kramer also received 30 contributions below $100 and spent just over $2,000, of which $1,760 was on expenses below $100 each.

-- The Concerned Citizens to Save Fuji Park and the Fairgrounds, a local group that has waged an 18-month war to prevent city officials from selling the city's fairgrounds, raised around $4,920. The group attempted to have an initiative ordinance placed on the ballot. Their efforts lead to the city placing on the November ballot an advisory question on the future of the city's fairgrounds.

All donations of more than $100 came from Concerned Citizens members, and the group listed a $17,380 in-kind donation from attorney Julian Smith, who represented the group in numerous court battles.


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