Willis, Rombardo have largest campaign offers
Appeal Staff Writer
Tuesday was the deadline for local political candidates to report contributions and expenses before the primary election on Tuesday. Everyone met the deadline, said Alan Glover, Carson City’s clerk-recorder and head of city elections.
Robey Willis, incumbent for justice of the peace District 1, had the largest election war chest, with $42,084.79, nearly $8,200 of which was carryover money from previous campaigning.
His largest contributor was attorney William Cole, of Lake Tahoe, who provided $750. Willis also had a lot of small contributors: nearly $30,085 came from people providing less than $100 each, according to his paperwork.
Opponent Mark Krueger had just $10,079.75. His largest contributors included $1,000 from Checkline Inc. of Reno; and $500 each from Costco in Carson City and the Reno consulting firm Materus Globalus.
The district attorney candidate with the second largest campaign budget, Neil Rombardo, had a total of $22,754. His in-laws from Louisiana provided $8,000, he said. Other large contributors included $2,500 from businessman William Burnaugh; $1,000 each from Janice Rombardo and Joan McDonnell; and $500 each from Kimberly Rombardo, Telegraph Associates and Vicki and Richard Dural, both family friends in Las Vegas.
Opponent Michael Suglia has $1,475 – of which $1,000 is a personal loan.
The district attorney race will be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
The third highest money-getter was John Tatro, incumbent District 2 justice of the peace, who is running unopposed. He received $18,100. He only used a portion of it and donated the remainder – $12,362.82 – to several local charities, such as $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club and $4,500 to the Community Counseling Center.
Supervisor Ward 3 incumbent Pete Livermore reported $16,225. Contributors of $1,000 each included Metcalf Builders, Dwight Millard, Telegraph Associates and the Committee to Elect Mark Amodei. Those who gave $500 include Gilson Auto Body, Casino Fandango, Sterling Air and Capital Beverages. Casino Fandango and Crowell Susich Tackes and Griffin each made in-kind contributions.
Livermore also listed expenses in his own name of more than $1,900 for such things as campaign signs and postage, and paid his grandson $120 to place campaign signs around the city, he said.
Opponent Joe Eiben received $150 in donations and loaned himself the remainder of $1462.12 spent on his campaign. Charles Kuhn listed funds of $6,873.72 – all of which he loaned to himself. And Neil Weaver filed his report with the state.
Those vying for supervisor Ward 1 won’t be up for election until Nov. 7. Both, however, have made fundraising headway. Incumbent Robin Williamson declared $9,875 total for her campaign. Included as $1,000 contributors are Telegraph Associates and the Committee to Elect Mark Amodei. Those who gave $500 include RJS Properties, J.F. Bawden, Casino Fandango, Steve Hartman and Dwight Millard. Casino Fandango and Crowell Susich Tackes and Griffin law firm each made in-kind contributions.
Opponent Thomas Keeton declared $14,657, of which $10,000 was a loan to himself. His top contributors include $1000 fromthe Kenny Guinn for Governor committee and $500 from Richard T. Moore.
Sheriff Kenny Furlong, running unopposed, had a total of $9,120. He received $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Mark Amodei and from Dee and Joann Shoemaker, and $500 each from Reid Ross, Mrs. Ray Forbes, Prosthetic Specialties and Stephen Hartman.
Carson City School Board candidate Norman Scoggin, District 1, is running unopposed and had no money to report.
District 3 incumbent James Hukari reported $1,491. His largest contributors were Steve Pratt, who gave $250; and Ruth Aberasturi, with $200. Opponent Joe Enge declared $180 in contributions.
District 4 incumbent Robert Crowell raised $448, including $250 from Steve Hartman.
Opponent Ann Bednarski declared $1,500. She received $750 of in-kind service from Max Baer Jr. for use of his photo department.
District 6 incumbent Jeffrey Fontaine declared no money. Opponent Roger Kirkland received $500 in money and $2,205 in in-kind donations – $2,000 of which came from Innovative Solutions of Las Vegas, for recording and e-dialing his campaign message. Opponent Barbara Howe reported $130.
Glover and Carson City Treasurer Al Kramer, both running unopposed, each had no money to declare. Unchallenged Assessor Dave Dawley reported $100.
— Contact reporter Terri Harber at tharber @nevadaappeal.com or 882-2111, ext. 215.