candidates running in the upcoming Porter County Municipal primary elections
were to file their pre-primary campaign finance reports.
Registration Democrat Director Kathy Kozuszek said filing is mandatory if
the office sought pays a yearly salary of more than $5,000, or if the
candidate receives or spends more than $500, otherwise a candidate is not
required to file a report according to the Indiana Campaign Finance Manual.
That rule applies
to Chesterton Town Council candidates who fall below the $5,000 salary
threshold, she said.
for Chesterton Town Council who raised or spent over $500 include
Republicans Jeff Trout and Jim Ton who are vying for the 1st Ward seat.
Trout reported a
total of $5,865 in contributions and receipts, $3,750 of which was
unitemized. Trout listed a $1,000 loan he made to his campaign and a $250
direct donation from Brandan and Suzanne Mulshine, of Chesterton. He also
received $250 each from organizations Karvan LLC, Ascend Real Estate
Advisors LLC, and CME Lending Group LLC, all of which are located in
$2,059 in expenditures on yard signs, advertisements and costs associated
with a fundraiser.
total reached $2,850 in contributions. That all comes from loans he has made
to his campaign. Ton reported his committee has spent $2,789 on yard signs,
advertising, fliers and a website.
Clerk-Treasurer Republican Stephanie Kuziela, whose salary is more than
$5,000, reported $0 for funds given to her campaign and expenditures.
In Porter, the
largest war chest belongs to 4th Ward Democrat candidate Ross LeBleu with
$2,925 in contributions. His largest campaign donor is Chicago banker Mary
Alice Wheeler, who gave $2,000.
financial support to LeBleu’s run for office are Samuel Massette, of
Chesterton ($200); Michael Shea, of Porter ($200); current Porter Council
member Elka Nelson ($100); Amy Schreiner, of Oak Park ($100); Robert
Mallinger, of Porter ($100); Roger Carnell, of Porter ($100); Knoefel and
Janet Jones, of Porter ($50); Stephanie Carnell, of Porter ($50); and Frank
Maxwell, of Porter ($25).
LeBleu, who is
running unopposed in the May 5 Democratic primary election, reported $435 in
expenditures, mostly on campaign signage.
In a contested race
for Porter Clerk-Treasurer on the Republican ticket, incumbent Carol Pomeroy
reported $1,561 in campaign contributions and receipts, which is more than
her primary race opponent Zathoe Sexton listed -- $1,353.
backer is Complete Control Systems, of Chesterton, which gave $1,000.
Pomeroy reported a loan of $461 she made to her campaign and a $100 in-kind
donation from Democrat Porter Council member Elka Nelson.
$100 contributions from former Porter County Republican Central Committee
chair Charles “Chuck” and Nicole Williams, of Valparaiso, and Albert and
Patty Raffin, of Porter. Sexton loaned $478 to her campaign.
Council member and Republican Rob Pomeroy, who is running for another term
as 3rd Ward representative, reported a $20 loan to his committee, as did
Republican candidate for the 5th Ward Tim Conroy. Both are running unopposed
in the primary election.
The Town Council’s
current president, Greg Stinson, who is running unopposed on the Democrat
ticket for his reelection as 2nd Ward representative, reported a loan of
$500 he made to his campaign.
Reporting $0 in
campaign donations were Democrat 1st Ward candidate Erik Wagner, Republican
1st Ward candidate Levi Louis Mele and Democratic 3rd Ward candidate William