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Campaigning, spending coming to an end

By Staff | Nov 3, 2008

Only one candidate of the many running for a local office has received contributions, according to campaign financial reports filed with the Faribault County auditor’s office.

Deadline to file the reports was Oct. 24, 10 days prior to the Nov. 4 general election.

John Roper, who is seeking the District 1 commissioner’s seat, lists 16 people giving a total of $2,140 to his campaign. His opponent, incumbent Barb Steier, did not have any contributions.

Roper also has outspent Steier so far, $2,335 to $2,112.

Both candidates have purchased more than $1,100 in political ads.

Steier has spent $670 in newspapers, while Roper has doled out $590.

On the radio, Roper holds the edge with $810 of air time, compared to Steier’s $490.

For signs and flyers, Roper has spent $816. Steier has paid $611 on campaign materials and brochures and another $340 for postage.

Two commissioners also seeking re-election, but running unopposed, did buy some political ads.

District 5 commissioner Tom Warmka spent $497 in newspapers and on radio, while District 3 commissioner Bill Groskreutz bought one political ad for $108.

In city council races in Blue Earth and Winnebago, none of the 12 candidates report receiving contributions.

Incumbent Rob Hammond has campaign expenditures totaling $686 in his bid for Blue Earth mayor. Current councilman and challenger Les Wiborg has spent $498.

Paula Kelly is the top spender in a three-way race for a seat held by Rick Scholtes.

Kelly has spent $246, Gary Meyer $82 and Scholtes nothing so far.

In Winnebago, Scott Robertson by far leads four other candidates vying two four-year seats.

Robertson reports expenditures of $911, followed by incumbent Rick Johnson with $390 and John Schavey $215. Michelle Weringa has not spent anything and Chris Ziegler did not submit a report.

In the race for a two-year post, former councilman Bob Weerts reported expenses totaling $215. His challenger, Bret Osborn, did not file a report.