By Don Iler • News Editor • 

Campaign coffers grow as balloting nears

As the May 20 deadline for turning in primary election ballots nears, the arms race to fill campaign funds has begun heating up, especially in the race for sheriff and county commissioner position three.

Capt. Tim Svenson has raised $24,143 is his bid for sheriff, about $1,500 more than Deputy Tim Casey, who stands at $22,660. Svenson has outspent Casey $23,874 to $18,686, records show.

The third candidate in the race, Sgt. Joe Shipley, has raised $6,322 and spent $7,094. That leaves him about $750 in the red.

Svenson’s biggest contributer to date is Newberg resident Julie Snowden, who has given $5,000. Casey’s largest contributer has been his brother, head OSU baseball coach Pat Casey, who pitched in $1,500.

In the race for county commissioner position three, held by Mary Stern, who is stepping own at the end of the month, Debra Bridges has raised $22,741 to Mary Starrett’s $17,982. Bridges, who heads the victims’ services operation in the District Attorney’s Office, has outspent Starrett, a former Portland broadcaster and talk show host, $21,562 to $16,220.

The race has a third candidate, George Fox University Professor Marc Shelton, a former Newberg High School principal. He reports raising $500 and spending $455. 

Bridges, who makes her home in Dundee, picked up $1,000 each from the Teamsters Union, Dundee winemaker Mary Weil and Dundee resident Annette Christensen. Starrett collected $1,500 from the Oregon Firearms Federation PAC. 

The leading fundraiser in a five-way field in position one, held by Kathy George, who is term-limiting out at the end of the year, is Sal Peralta. A New-Register advertising representative, he has raised $28,913 and spent $23,615.

Peralta’s largest contributor, having donated $7,980, is the Oregon Working Families Party. Other significant donors include Portland attorney Dan Meek at $2,500 and Local 55 of theUnited Food and Commercial Workers Union at $1,000. 

Longtime McMinnville School Board member Stan Primozich has raised $7,440 and spent $6,097. He reports getting $1,000 from McMinnville businessman Les Toth.

Newberg real estate agent Brett Veatch has raised $2,382 and spent $5,782, making up the difference personally. Dundee City Councilor David Russ has raised $325 and spent $341, while West Valley businessman Bill Willis has raised $1,174 and spent $594. 

In a two-way race for a seat on the county’s circuit court bench, Deputy District Attorney Ladd Wiles has spend $15,766, all but $4,250 of it his own. Lawrence has raised $1,935 and spent $922.    

Candidates are required to log campaign finance information on the Secretary of State’s ORESTAR website, which lists both donors and vendors, with amounts.

Earlier in the month, three county commissioner candidates — Veatch, Willis and Russ, all new to the process — were found out of compliance  by the state Elections Division. In all three cases, the violations appeared to be inadvertent and were quickly rectified.

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