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Chesterton and Porter candidates name backers in campaign finance reports

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Last Friday, candidates running in the upcoming Porter County Municipal primary elections were to file their pre-primary campaign finance reports.

County Voters 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.

Chesterton races

Candidates running 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 Chesterton.

Trout reported $2,059 in expenditures on yard signs, advertisements and costs associated with a fundraiser.

Ton’s campaign 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.

Chesterton Clerk-Treasurer Republican Stephanie Kuziela, whose salary is more than $5,000, reported $0 for funds given to her campaign and expenditures.

Porter races

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.

Others giving 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.

Pomeroy’s largest 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.

Sexton received $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.

Current Town 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 Lopez.



Posted 4/21/2015