Kodiak Daily Mirror - Stutes leads in spending in house race
Stutes leads in spending in house race
by Gary Black Mirror Writer
Jul 25, 2014 | 253 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
House Candidate Louise Stutes
House Candidate Louise Stutes
Candidate Louise Stutes of Kodiak is financially outpacing competitors in the race for state house, according to financial reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Stutes’ campaign reports $19,440 on hand, putting her at the fiscal top of the four candidates running for Alaska state representative in the newly formed House District 32.

Stutes’ nearest competitor is Kodiak Borough Assemblywoman Carol Austerman, whose campaign is reporting $10,871 on hand. Austerman is the daughter of Rep. Alan Austerman, who is not seeking re-election this year.

Kodiak City Councilman Rich Walker’s campaign is in financial third place, reporting $1,950 on hand.

Stutes, Austerman and Walker are competing in the Republican primary on Aug. 19 with the winner going up against lone Democrat Jerry McCune of Cordova in the general election in November.

McCune’s campaign is reporting $3,087.15 on hand.

The financial reports stem from fundraising between Feb. 2 and July 18, which also marked the last day candidates could give or loan their campaign more than $5,000.

No candidates reported giving or lending themselves more than $5,000, but some did make smaller contributions.

Stutes reported giving no money to her campaign, with Austerman reporting giving $2,500 to her own campaign and Walker giving himself $500. Democrat McCune made four contributions to his campaign totaling $387.15.

In the race for the newly drawn Senate District P, incumbent Sen. Gary Stevens’ campaign is reporting $1,500 on hand with no personal donations given. Stevens has no challengers in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Robert “Moose” Henrichs of Cordova in the general election. Henrichs is reporting no campaign income or expenditures.

Contact Gary Black at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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