David Reynolds amasses Porter County’s biggest war chest
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent April 27, 2014 12:02AM
Updated: May 28, 2014 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — Former Sheriff David Reynolds, who is running for the spot again on the Democratic ticket in the May primary, has the largest campaign war chest of any candidate in Porter County.
With almost $26,000 still in his campaign fund, he raised an additional $42,446 in his fundraising efforts, for a total of more than $68,400, according to campaign finance reports that were due to the Voter Registration Office on Monday.
Much of the money came from fundraisers, though other large-scale donations came from labor organizations. He spent about half of his campaign fund, some on donations to other Democratic candidates, and the rest on campaign expenses.
His opponent, Harold Lush, had $100.26 in his campaign fund, and spent $3.79 on certified mail postage costs for a letter to the attorney for the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, according to his finance report.
Republican Jeff Good, seeking the Center District seat on the Board of Commissioners, raised $18,112.12.
Donors included individuals and local businesses, as well as the Indiana Realtor Political Action Committee in Indianapolis, which kicked in $2,000.
Republican Nancy Adams, the incumbent in the commissioner’s spot, raised almost $7,500, including what she already had on hand.
Her largest donor, for $2,500, was the Lunch Pail Republicans PAC in Portage. She also received $2,500 from the DPBG PAC in Indianapolis, and $1,000 from the Friends of Ed Soliday Committee, for state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso.
Fellow opponent William LaFever has $344.74 of his own money in his campaign fund.
Republican Kyle Yelton, seeking his first term representing District 1 on the County Council, raised just over $18,500, much of it modest donations from individuals. He also received $1,000 apiece from the Committee to Elect Evans Commissioner, the campaign committee for Board of Commissioners President John Evans, R-North, and Soliday’s committee, as well as $1,000 from the Next Gen PAC in Valparaiso.
Incumbent Jim Biggs, who is seeking a second term on the council for District 1, has raised just under $8,000. His donations came from individuals, local businesses and a couple of PACs.
In the District 3 council race, Republican Russell “Chet” Barone received $13,365 in donations, from local individuals and businesses. That included $1,000 from Woodland Village in Portage, among other large donors.
Republican incumbent Karen Conover has raised $11,570. She, too, received $1,000 each from the committees for Evans and Soliday. Other donors include the Valparaiso Firefighters PAC.
For the Republican race for District 4 on the council, candidate Michael Jessen has raised the most money so far, $12,750, including $1,000 from Soliday’s committee and $1,000 from the Next Gen PAC.
Incumbent Jim Polarek, who is seeking his second term, raised almost $7,300, including money left over in his fund from his last run for office. He received $2,500 from the Lunch Pail Republicans PAC, and $1,000 from the Indiana Realtors PAC.
Opponent Anthony Pampalone has $2,700 in campaign donations, from individuals.
For a full listing of campaign finance reports, visit porterco.org.