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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Love leads fundraising among area political candidatees

  • With the Nov. 6 election quickly approaching, the Globe decided to look at how much money candidates for local, state and federal offices have raised and spent in this election cycle. October 29 was the deadline to file the final financial disclosures for this election cycle. The forms show how much money a candidate has rais...
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  • With the Nov. 6 election quickly approaching, the Globe decided to look at how much money candidates for local, state and federal offices have raised and spent in this election cycle. October 29 was the deadline to file the final financial disclosures for this election cycle. The forms show how much money a candidate has raised and spent on this election, as well as who donated the money.
    All information is available for public view and was provided by either the Kansas Ethics Commission or the Ford County Clerk's office.
    State Senate
    Garrett Love, a Republican from Montezuma, is running for re-election for the Senate. Johnny Dunlap II, a Democrat from Dodge City, is running against him.
    As of July 27, Love had raised $95,952 in this election. He has received an additional $68,484 in campaign contributions between July 27 and now. He has spent only $7,421 during that same period, and received $154 in in-kind donations, or donations that are done in goods and services, rather than money.
    Dunlap, on the other hand, only had information available up through July 26. At that time, he had received $3,377 in donations and had spent $1,736. Dunlap received $227 in in-kind donations.  
    Kansas House of Representatives
    Dodge City and Ford County residents will have the chance to vote in one of three different races for the Kansas House of Representatives, depending on where they reside.
    Currently, Ronald Ryckman, a Republican from Meade, is serving the 115th district for the Kansas House of Representatives. Marjorie Gilbert, a Democrat from Dodge City, is challenging him. Ryckman had raised $9,213 for his campaign through the end of July, and received an additional $10,350 between July and Oct. 29. Ryckman spent $985, and received $332 in in-kind contributions. Marjorie Gilbert, as of July 31 had received $100 and spent just $30.
    In the 117th district there is an open seat, meaning there is no incumbent. John Ewy a Republican from Jetmore raised $2,962 before July 31, and an additional $11,819 between then and Oct. 29. He has spent $7,784. Ewy has received $50 in in-kind donations. Dennis McKinney, a Democrat from Greensburg raised $12,988 before July 31, and an additional $28,235 since then. McKinney has spent $31,011 on his campaign.
    Finally, in the 119th district, Brian Weber of Dodge City, the Republican incumbent in this election, raised $12,782 before July 31, and an additional $26,785 between the primary and Oct. 29. Weber has spent $11,782 so far. Larry Blake the Democratic challenger, also of Dodge City, had raised $944 before July 31, and an additional $5,871 since that time. He has spent $6,381 and received $600 in in-kind donations.
    County Commission, District 2
    As of July 26, Chris Boys, a Republican, has raised $1,500. No information was available about his expenditures. Rebecca Escalante, a Democrat, raised $800 before July 31, and an additional $3,070 since that time. She has spent $3,410 and has received $3,023. in in-kind donations.
    Editors note: Some candidates are running unopposed in the election, and therefore have not raised campaign funds. There was no information available about Mike Burkhart, who is also running for County Commission as a write-in candidate, because he is not required to turn this information in as a write-in candidate.
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