Justice of the peace top spender in Douglas County
November 2, 2006
MINDEN – Incumbent Jim EnEarl spent just over $89,000 in his bid for East Fork Justice of the Peace, more than any other candidate in Douglas County. About $48,000, came out of his own pocket, according to his disclosure statement filed Tuesday.
Sen. Mark Amodei, who represents part of Douglas County, provided $1,000, the largest contribution to EnEarl’s campaign listed in the county’s records. Most other contributions were in the range of $250 to $500, from locals like Minden resident Gary Minter and Scottsdale Plumbing of Gardnerville.
His opponent Kelly Chase collected $19,763. Large contributions came from The Malkmus Revocable Trust and L.A. Thomas Co., who donated $3,500 and $3,000, respectively.
Campaign 2006 is marked by a number of contests that could be close, including the District 2 County Commission race between Republicans Dave Brady, the incumbent, and longtime Douglas County broadcaster Lloyd Higuera.
Brady received $11,064 in contributions for his campaign, most coming from residents and locals like the Sierra Nevada Republican Women. Jacques Etchegoyhen, who preceded Brady in the commission seat, contributed $200 to Brady’s campaign and Topaz Lodge contributed $500.
Higuera received twice that amount, or $23,955, including $2,000 from Park Cattle Co. and $1,000 from D&M Von Hamert. Many contributions were in the $500 range from local entities like Eagle Ridge of Genoa and Painter Construction.
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In the race for the District 4 county commission seat, Republican Nancy McDermid is facing Lake Tahoe resident and Democrat, Greta Hambsch.
McDermid listed a total of $57,657 in contributions, but more than $36,000 of that was her own money.
Much of the balance came in increments ranging from $1,000 to $200, including a $1,000 contribution from Park PAC, $500 from Eagle Ridge of Genoa and $300 from local Realtor Marsha Tomerlin.
Her opponent Greta Hambsch garnered $25,142 for her campaign. Contributions came primarily from residents like Jessica Ledbetter of Gardnerville, who gave $500, and the Douglas County Democratic Women, who contributed $400.
Robert and Tim Morrey of Portland, Ore., donated $2,500 each and David Olivo of South Lake Tahoe contributed $200.
Republican James Settelmeyer received almost $58,000 in his bid for the District 39 Assembly seat, about $20,000 more than his opponent, Democrat JoEtta Brown.
Settelmeyer’s contributions include $3,000 from the Nevada Motor Transportation Association, as well as numerous $1,000 contributions from entities like the Assembly Republican Caucus, the Nevada Bankers’ Association and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
Brown conducted her campaign using $38,164 in contributions. The Nevada State Education Association contributed $2,000 and the Forward Together PAC in Alexandria, Va., $5,000.
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