Uncontested candidate raises most

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

State fund-raising reports show that David Stone, the only uncontested candidate for the Juneau Assembly, has raised the most so far in the Oct. 7 city election.

Stone, vice president of consumer affairs for Alaska Electric Light & Power, is the lone candidate for District 1 and has raised $8,430 and spent $2,316.

Contributors include a manager of Coeur D'Alene Mining, which plans to open the Kensington Gold Mine at Berners Bay, the director of Bartlett Memorial Hospital, and the director of Catholic Community Service.

Mayoral candidate Bruce Botelho, a former Juneau mayor and state attorney general under Gov. Tony Knowles, has raised $8,177 and spent $713.

Contributors include several former commissioners and directors from the Knowles administration.

Mayoral candidate and former Department of Transportation commissioner Dick Knapp has raised $6,910 and spent $2,027, for a balance of $4,883. But with $5,803 in debt, Knapp is operating at a deficit of $920.

Contributors include the commissioner of DOT, the owner of fuel wholesaler Petro Marine, and the director of Catholic Community Service.

Dan Peterson, a Juneau School Board member and candidate for Assembly District 2, has raised $3,198 and spent $1,211. His incumbent opponent, Dale Anderson, reported raising $1,650 and spending $160. A total of $1,709 on hand before the fund-raising began leaves Anderson with a balance of $3,199.

In the 2000 Juneau mayor's race, candidates Jamie Parsons and Sally Smith raised $24,182 and $15,434, respectively.

But a change in the law, approved last session by the Legislature, ups the ante for contributors.

Christina Ellingson, assistant director for the Alaska Public Offices Commission, the state entity that tracks campaign contributions, said that starting today individual contributors and political action committees can give twice as much money as in past elections.

The amount that can be contributed by individuals was increased from $500 to $1,000.

"If they've already given $500, they can give $500 more," Ellingson said.

Political action committees, which were restricted from giving more than $1,000 to candidates, now can donate $2,000.

Candidates who do not plan to raise or spend more than $5,000 are exempt from filing campaign disclosure reports under the new APOC rules. Twelve candidates are running for five open seats on the seven-member Juneau School Board. So far, six of those candidates have filed exemption statements with APOC.

The final campaign disclosure reports are due to the state seven days before the Oct. 7 election.

• Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothyi@juneauempire.com.

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