Follow the money: Josh Thompson leads candidates in fundraising

Edmonds City Council race
By Brian Soergel | Nov 02, 2017

Josh Thompson, challenging incumbent Edmonds City Council member Kristiana Johnson for Position 1 in the Nov. 7 election, leads council candidates in fundraising as of Nov. 1.

Thompson reported raising $12,367 in donations through this week, while spending $11,676, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.

Among those contributing to Thompson’s campaign have been Rep. John Lovick of Mill Creek, Snohomish County District 1 IAFF Local 1828, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, County Councilmember Stephanie Wright and Rep. Cindy Ryu.

He also received in-kind donations, those other than cash donations, from Lovick, Ryu, Wright, Edmonds School District candidate Cathy Baylor and Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan, among others.

Johnson reported raising $4,537 and spending $4,071.

Among those contributing to Johnson’s campaign have been Marjorie Fields, Kathleen Sears, Barbara Tipton, Joan Bloom, Carolyn Henry, Susie Schaefer and Port of Edmonds at-large position challenger Susan Paine.

In the race for Position 3 council race, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas has reported raising $9,915 in donations and spending $3,557.

Among those contributing to Fraley-Monillas’ campaign have been SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, SEIU 775 Quality Care Committee, Washington State Council of County and City and Employees PAC, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Marjorie Fields, Rose Cantwell, Rep. John Lovick, Port of Edmonds at-large position challenger Susan Paine, Michael Plunkett, Edmonds Councilmember Kristiana Johnson and Barbara Tipton.

Fraley-Monillas has also received in-kind donations from Rose Cantwell, Lovick, Dianna Maish, Plunkett, Paine, Rep. Cindy Ryu, Michael Shaw, Tipton and Anne Wermus, among others.

Al Rutledge, challenging Fraley-Monillas, has not reported any contributions or expenditures.

Position 2 incumbent Mike Nelson is running unopposed. He has reported $5,360 in donations and $1,505 in expenditures.

“I stopped actively raising money when I learned I did not have an opponent,” Nelson said. “But no one could possibly know that I would not have an opponent, including me, until the candidate filing deadline on May 19. I actively raised money until then.”

Nelson said only two of his 38 contributions were made after the deadline.

School District

In the race for Edmonds School Board Position 4, both candidates are new.

Deborah Kilgore has reported donations of $7,119, while reporting $7,169 for expenditures.

Among those contributing have been the Edmonds Education Association teachers union, state Democratic Party, Rep. Cindy Ryu and the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington.

Cathy Baylor has reported donations of $4,200, with expenditures of $7,018.

Among those contributing have been Edmonds City Council candidate Josh Thompson, Washington State Democratic Party, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Edmonds School District’s Position 1 incumbent Carin Chase and state Sen. Maralyn Chase.

Port of Edmonds

Five of the six candidates running for election in this race for three seats – incumbents Bruce Faires and Steve Johnston and challengers Angela Harris, Susan Paine and Lora Petso – filed for mini-reporting.

According to the PDC’s Kim Bradford, that means they don't plan to raise more than $5,000 and, as a result, don't have to file expenditure and contribution reports per WAC 390-16-105.

One candidate, incumbent Fred Gouge, filed under full reporting but had not submitted the required reports as of Tuesday, Bradford said.

“We contacted his campaign today (Tuesday) to provide a reminder of the reporting obligations,” Bradford said. “Sometimes, candidates don't understand the obligations of full reporting when they complete their registration early in the campaign.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Gouge filed his campaign finance details, which showed that he has received $1,500 in in-kind donations. All were his own expenditures.

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