A candidate for mayor and a write-in city council candidate topped fundraising in the final campaign finance filing before the November 5 City of Farmington Hills local elections.
Vicki Barnett and Richard Lerner are vying for a 2-year mayoral seat. Candidates for three, 4-year city council seats are Jackie Boleware, T. R. Carr, Danette Duron-Willner, Kenneth D. Massey, Mary Newlin, and write-in candidate Theresa Rich.
Books closed October 20 for campaign committees; reports were due by 5 p.m. Friday.
Here’s an overview of the reports, which detail who donated to campaigns and how candidates spent their money:
Mayor (listed in order of funds raised)
Lerner topped fundraising for all Farmington Hills candidates, with $13,715, which includes a $3,340 transfer from his previous city council campaign. More than 60 individuals contributed to Lerner’s campaign, with $1,000 contributions coming from retiree Ray Okonski and Majid Koza, owner of Koza Brothers Management of Southfield.
Barnett raised $11,445 from around the same number of donors, and contributed $4,600 to her own campaign, $4,500 of which is listed as a loan. Her largest donation ($1,000), and the race’s only Political Action Committee (PAC) contribution, came from the Realtors Political Action Committee of Michigan.
City Council (listed in order of funds raised)
Write-in candidate Theresa Rich topped council fundraising, with $12,830 from more than 80 donors. She contributed $7,000 to her own campaign, which is listed as a loan, and her largest donation came from Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors RPAC, $1,000.
Other PAC contributions to Rich’s campaign included Michigan Laborers Political League, $250; Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 PAC, $100; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, $250; Registrars PAC Local 58 IBEW, $500; and UAW of Michigan VPAC, $500.
Duron-Willner finished second in the money race, raising $7,425. Only the summary pages of her finance report were available as of 9 p.m. Friday.
Boleware raised $5,370 from 76 contributors. She contributed $100 to her own campaign, and her only large contribution, $1,000, came from the UAW Michigan PAC.
Massey raised $3,450 from 30 donors, with no contributions of $1,000 or more and no PAC contributions.
Carr raised $4,550 from more than 30 contributors. He gave $1,400 to his own campaign, $1,000 of which is listed as a loan. He received no other contributions of $1,000 or more and no PAC contributions.
Candidate Mary Newlin filed for a waiver, indicating she plans to raise or spend less than $1,000.
To see who contributed to each candidate and how they spent their funds, view the filed campaign documents in Oakland County’s searchable, online database.
Correction: The amount that candidate Theresa Rich contributed to her own campaign as a loan was incorrectly reported in the original version of this story.