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June 6, 2012 Published in Choice 2013, Top Stories

Council Candidates File Final Pre-Primary Campaign Finance Reports

By Ryan Holtz
alexandrianews.org

The 14 Democratic candidates for a seat on the Alexandria City Council filed their final campaign finance reports just one week before the June 12 Primary. There were no surprises.

Victoria Menjivar began this reporting period with a balance of $0. She raised $14,027 in cash and spent $7,053, leaving her with a balance of $6,947 to spend in the home stretch. She also has no debt.

At the other end of the spectrum is Donna Fossum, who began this reporting period with $2,698, raised $22,178 and spent $20,657. She now has a balance of $3,912, but has an outstanding loan to herself of $22,203.

Sean Holihan began the reporting period with the most money, $20,5. He raised $11,844 and spent $22,463, leaving him with a balance of $9,897. He has no debt.

Incumbent Councilman Paul Smedberg started the period with $5,977, raised $16,354 and spent $4,518. He has a balance of $17,813 and no debt. Incumbent Del Pepper began the period with $6,181, raised $7,411 and spent $3,921. She has a balance of $12,671 and an outstanding loan from herself and her husband of $5000.

Boyd Walker has the least amount of money of any Democratic Council candidate. He began the period with a balance of $610, raised $2,836 and spent $2,036. He has a balance of $1,487 and no debt.

Michael Hepburn reported that 785  contributors gave less than $100 each. He began the reporting period with a balance of $624, raised $13,471 and spent $8,351. He has a balance of $6,655 with an outstanding loan of $895 from himself.

Jack Taylor gave eight Democratic candidates 500 each. Pepper received total donations to date of $2500 from Michael Wenk. Arthur Peabody received a $1000 contribution from Mollie Lambert. Holly Sloan gave Sammie Moshenberg $1000.

The three Republican Council candidates also filed campaign finance reports. Incumbent Councilwoman Alicia Hughes has the least amount of money with $3,550, $3000 of which she raised during this reporting period. She spent nothing.

Incumbent Councilman Frank Fannon began the period with $14,869, raised $26,959, spent $5,697 and has a balance of $36,132. He has a loan to himself of $29,000. Fannon has a $5000 contribution from his uncle T. J. Fannon and four $1000 contributions from Oscar Wigul, Michael C. Maibach, Jeffrey Veatch and Donald Simpson. Jack Taylor gave Fannon $500.

Newcomer John R. “Bob” Wood began the period with no money. He raised $7,100, spent $1,346 and has a balance of $5,754. His largest single contributor was Harvie Goddin, Jr, who gave him $1000. Wood has an outstanding loan from his wife of $5000.

Editor's Note:
Melissa Feld was inadvertently left out of our article on campaign finance reporting. We apologize for the oversight and have corrected it.

Feld began the reporting period with $3019. She raised $4805, spent $4987 and is left with a balance of $3253. She has an outstanding loan for $1730 to herself and her husband.

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