By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Foursome dominates commissioner fundraising

Sal Peralta, a political and public policy consultant working in sales at the News-Register, and Stan Primozich, an investment adviser and longtime McMinnville School Board member, have jumped out to a big lead.

So far in 2014, Primozich has raised $3,250 and Peralta $1,733. But Peralta has more cash in hand, thanks to contributions he collected during the 2013 calendar year.

Both candidates live in McMinnville. And both joined the race by gathering petition signatures — the first time anyone has gone that route in decades, if not ever.

George has completed the three term maximum allowed under county ordinance, leaving the field open. Joining Peralta and Primozich in vying for the seat are East County real estate brokers David Russ and Brett Veatch and West Valley businessman Bill Willis. Lafayette Mayor Chris Heisler also filed, but his name was subsequently removed from the ballot for failing to sign his filing petition.

Willis reported contributions of $300 with no expenditures so far. None of the rest have yet reported any contributions or expenditures.

Peralta has spent $2,451 so far this year, leaving a balance of $9,717, according to ORESTAR, the state’s database for campaign finance transactions. Major recent outlays included $570 to ABC Signs in Salem and $300 to the state Elections Division for a voter’s pamphlet statement, with no major contributions since March 7.

Primozich has spent $1,257 so far this year, leaving him a balance of $3,207. His contributions since March 7 include $1,000 from McMinnville businessman Les Toth, $500 from McMinnville resident Gregory Vollman and $250 each from Gene Bernards Farms and car dealer Allan Larsen. His largest recent expense was $300 for a voter’s pamphlet statement.

A pair of clear fundraising leaders also have emerged in the race to succeed Commissioner Mary Stern, who is also term-limiting out.

That race has drawn three candidates, all from the Newberg area. They are former broadcaster Mary Starrett, county victims services coordinator Debra Bridges and George Fox University professor Marc Shelton.

Starrett, now working as a media consultant, has raised $8,876 and spent $6,380 so far in 2014. Added with contributions collected in 2013, she shows a balance of $4,558.

She recently received $200 from Carol Orton of Yamhill. She recently spent $500 with Dormers Embroidery and Promotional Products for signs and advertising materials and $300 with the Elections Division for a voter’s pamphlet statement.

Bridges reported raising $8,479 and spending $3,216 in 2014, leaving her with a balance of $7,075. Her most recent contributions include $1,000 from Annette Chistensen of Dundee, $500 from environmental advocate Ilsa Perse, $300 from McMinnville resident Susan Bisgyer and $250 from McMinnville farmer and environmental advocate Ramsey McPhillips.

Perse and McPhillips are helping lead the opposition to expansion of McMinnville’s Riverbend Landfill.

Bridges also reported receiving $2,550 in individual contributions of less than $100 since the News-Register’s last accounting in early March. Her recent expenses include $522 to Oregon Lithoprint, Inc. for printing services. 

Shelton has not reported raising or spending any funds.

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