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November 7, 2013

The cost of an election

CLINTON — It arguably takes one thing to win a municipal election: votes. But how much does it cost to run a campaign for a seat on the Clinton City Council?

According to reports from the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure board, running for an at-large seat in Clinton could cost more than $4,500.

City candidates are required to form a committee and file campaign reports with the IECDB if he or she receives contributions or spends more than $750.

Of the 10 candidates who sought a seat for the Clinton City Council, six filed reports detailing the money they received and what they spent on things such as campaign signs, mailers and advertising.

At-large candidate and winner Tom Determann spent the most in the election at $4,749. He was followed by at-large incumbent Jennifer Graf, who spent $4,197, but was defeated in her bid for re-election. Andy Sokolovich spent $2,581 and Grant Wilke, who grabbed the other at-large seat, spent $1,695.

At-large candidate Andrew Luett did not file reports.

Ward 1 councilwoman-elect Julie Allesee filed a report even though she spent less than the threshold at $587 as she campaigned.

Ward 3 winner Ed O’Neill spent $1,206 on his campaign.

Lone Ward 2 candidate Lynn McGraw did not file reports along with unsuccessful incumbents Ward 1 candidate Maggie Klaes and Ward 3 hopeful Bev Hermann.



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