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Campaign finance reports not in for contested race

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The two candidates in the only contested race in Duneland’s primary election have not submitted pre-primary campaign finance reports.

The deadline for candidates to report pre-primary campaign donations and expenditures over a certain threshold to the County Clerk’s office was Monday at noon.

Robert Allison is challenging incumbent Chesterton Town Council member Dane Lafata, D-3rd, in the primary May 7 in the only contested primary race in Duneland. Neither candidate has reported campaign finance activity for the January to April 2019 period.

Not all candidates in Duneland are required to submit campaign finance reports--reporting requirements are based on the compensation a candidate stands to receive from the office sought and the size of the individual donations they’ve received.

Candidates who have not submitted a report may not have had any donations or expenditures, since so many races are unopposed this cycle.

Throughout Duneland

An uncontested race is leading in pre-primary campaign donations.

David Phillips, who is running unopposed for the fourth ward Town Council seat in Porter, has raised $1,000 from four donations ahead of the primary, and reported a cash-on hand balance of $757.49.

Phillips contributed $100 to his campaign and received donations from Jim Ruge ($500), Don O-Meara ($200), and Dave Kenis ($200).

The race for Chesterton Clerk-treasurer, though not on the ballot until November, has seen the most activity behind Phillips’ campaign.

Courtney Udvare, a Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Clerk-treasurer Stephanie Kuziela, has collected $759.95 in donations this year.

Udvare reported two in-kind donations --$209.95 from Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders and $350 from LaPorte-based Candid Clicker. IBEW 531 PAC contributed $100, as did Cory and Joleen Fraiser.

Udvare’s cash-on hand balance at the time of reporting was $593.32 with a $60 debt.

Kuziela reported no donations yet in 2019 and $55 cash on-hand.

Porter Clerk-treasurer Carol Pomeroy and Burns Harbor Clerk-treasurer Jane Jordan are running unopposed in November. Pomeroy reported no cash on-hand and no donations. Jordan reported $774.79 on-hand and contributed $175 to her own campaign.

In Chesterton, Council members Emerson Delaney, R-5th, and Jim Ton, R-1st, both reported no cash on-hand and no donations yet.

In Porter, Council member Brian Finley reported no donations and $50 cash on-hand. Council Vice-president Bill Lopez reported no donations yet and $549.45 cash on-hand. Council President Greg Stinson loaned $500 to his own campaign, and Council member Erik Wagner donated $500 in-kind to his own campaign.

In Burns Harbor, Council member Ray Poparad reported no cash on-hand and no donations.

Taxpayers for Duneland Schools PAC

In advance of the Duneland Schools referendum vote, the Taxpayers for Duneland Schools Political Action Committee reported 20 donations totaling $8,960.

Donations ranged from $10 to $2,500 from individuals and organizations. The PAC had a cash on-hand balance of $4,606.38 at the time of reporting.

School board affiliates led individual contributions with former Board member Michael Trout and current member John Marshall each giving $500. Member Kristin Kroeger and Board Attorney Chuck Parkinson each gave $250.

Other notable donations from individuals were $250 from Hal Tolin and $100 each from Luella Dewulf, Barnabas Sutton, and Don Vesling.

The largest contributing organization was the Indiana Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) with two donations totaling $3,000. Ironworkers Local 395 IPAL donated $1,000. Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana Inc. gave $750. Duneland Wrestling Club, Roofers Union Local 26, Chesterton Pop Warner, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers each donated $500.



Posted 4/24/2019




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