The latest campaign finance reports show that candidate supporters increased
the stakes even higher in the county commissioner race between Democrat
Robert Harper and Republican Nancy Adams.
Large contributions of $1,000 or more were asked to be reported to the
county voters registration office, even though the typical reporting period
for pre-election campaign expenses ran through Oct. 15.
In the days that followed the deadline, Adams, who won the commissioner’s
seat in Tuesday’s election, received an additional $25,331 in large
contributions to her committee. With her reported amount $77,998 of
contributions and receipts in her previous campaign report, her total has
reached at least $103,269.
Donations reported in Adams’ campaign included Porter Co. Builders in
Valparaiso who gave $4,000, Crossroads PAC in Schererville, $2,831, Stewart
and Kathryn McMillan of Valparaiso, $2,500 . Other large contributors
included attorney David Hollenbeck and his wife Anita, of Valparaiso
($1,000), Dr. Jerry Rodenbarger and wife Linda of Valparaiso ($1,000), Dean
White of Merrillville ($2,000), Larry and Sherry Poucher of Valparaiso
($1,000), Patrick Bankston of Valparaiso ($1,000), Roger Price of Crown
Point ($1,000), Michael Simpson of Valparaiso ($1,000), and Dr. John Feczko
of Valparaiso ($1,000).
State Representative Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, gave $2,500 from his Friends
of Ed Soliday committee to Adams in the final days before the election.
On the other side, Harper made a $15,000 direct contribution to his campaign
committee along with another $11,000 in loans, bringing the total
contributions to his campaign to around $106,000.
Outside of the commissioner race, Republican Sheriff candidate Ralph G. Levi
loaned an additional $7,000 to his committee, bringing his total past the
$30,000 mark. Levi was unsuccessful in his race to oust incumbent Sheriff
Soliday’s campaign committee also gave $1,000 to Republican County Council
candidate James Polarek who captured the fourth district seat on Tuesday.
Polarek also received some support from Adams’ committee with contributions
totaling $1,640 in the days leading up to the election.
State Senator Karen Tallian, D- Ogden Dunes, took in $10,500 from the
Indiana Democrat Party.
Democrat Thomas W. Webber who challenged Soliday for the state’s fourth
district seat received $1,000 from commissioner Harper, reports said.
Candidates in this year’s general election are to file final campaign
contribution and expense reports due on Jan. 19, 2011 at the voters