YAKIMA, Wash. — Political newcomer Carole Folsom-Hill’s fundraising is so far outpacing her two opponents in a primary election race for a seat on the Yakima City Council.
Folsom-Hill has raised more than $5,000 in cash and in-kind contributions so far, according to records filed with the state Public Disclosure Commissioner.
PDC records show incumbent Bill Lover has raised $2,750. Enrique Jevons said he has about $2,500 in donations. The three are seeking the No. 7 position on the council.
Earlier this week, Folsom-Hill changed her campaign’s filing status with the state Public Disclosure Commission, which oversees campaign finances, to full reporting, which means her campaign can raise as much money as it wants but must file weekly fundraising reports.
She said a campaign volunteer in June accidentally selected the mini-reporting status on PDC forms. That doesn’t require weekly reports, but it does limit candidates to raising less than $5,000 and reporting the contributions after the election.
Folsom-Hill wasn’t aware of the error until she read an article about the race in Sunday’s Yakima Herald-Repubic. She quickly corrected it the next day.
According to PDC reports filed by her campaign, she’s spent about $3,500, mostly on typical expenses for local races: yard signs, door hangers and advertising.
Jevons, who did select mini-reporting, said he isn’t worried about the difference in fundraising.
“I’ve got more than enough money. I don’t see the need” for more, he said.
Much less money is being raised in the race for Position No. 5 on the council. The candidates — incumbent Dave Ettl, and challengers Isidro “Sid” Reynaga and Charles Noel — all selected mini-reporting.
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