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
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
Candidates who have
not submitted a report may not have had any donations or expenditures, since
so many races are unopposed this cycle.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
donations from individuals were $250 from Hal Tolin and $100 each from
Luella Dewulf, Barnabas Sutton, and Don Vesling.
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.