said he’s raised $32,776 from the fundraisers he’s given. Outside of that,
Reynolds’ biggest backers are the Iron Workers Local 395 IPAL, of Hammond,
with a $1,000 donation, and the Northern Indiana Operators Joint Labor
Management PAC, of Countryside, Ill., also with $1,000.
Other donations of
$500 or more to Reynolds include Daniel Urschel, of Valparaiso ($500); IBEW
PAC Voluntary Fund, of Washington D.C. ($500); Dental Associates - James W.
Cahillane, of Hobart ($500); Bentley’s Towing, of Valparaiso ($500); Generic
USA Limited, of Orlando, Fla. ($500); and the Porter County Democratic
Central Committee ($500).
indicated his campaign committee took in $22,525 in contributions for the
individual donors include Thorgren Tool and Molding, of Valparaiso,
($2,000); Robert and Elizabeth Ross of Reynoldsburgh, Ohio ($1,500); Task
Force Tips owner Stewart and Kathryn MacMillan, of Valparaiso ($1,000);
Sandra and Bruce Roth, of Valparaiso ($1,000); J.T.C.S. Inc., of Valparaiso
($1,000); the Committee to Elect (County Commissioner president John) Evans
($1,000); and the Committee to Elect Jonathan Costas ($1,000).
Lush reported no
contributions were made to his campaign.
One of the bigger
countywide races is that of Porter County Commissioner 2nd District, where
challengers Jeff Good and William LaFever are vying to unseat Nancy Adams on
the Republican ticket.
Out of the three,
Good had the greatest intake of contributions, with $18,112.
$2,500 from Mark Forszt who owns the Harley-Davidson shop in Valparaiso as
his biggest donation from an individual. Another $2,500 came from 68
contributors for Good include Indiana Realtor PAC, of Indianapolis ($2,000);
John and Catherine Peterman, of Valparaiso ($1,000); Citizens for (Portage
Mayor James) Snyder ($500); A.C. Incorporated, of Valparaiso ($500 in-kind
donation); Art Hill Ford, of Hobart ($500); Denise Wilson, of Valparaiso
($500); Deno and Marlene Yiankes, of Valparaiso ($500); and Jason and Lori
Gilliana, of Valparaiso ($500).
He also reported a
$1,000 donation from Good Hospitality Inc., of which he is president.
LaFever reported no contributions other than a $344.74 expenditure made by
himself for the purchase of yard signs.
committee reported a balance of $3,984, including $1,234 cash on hand.
contributions include a $500 loan to herself and $2,500 given by the
Portage-based Lunch Pail Republicans. She also garnered a $250 direct
contribution from Hasse Construction Company in Calumet City, Ill.
on the Democrat ballot for Commissioner District 2 is current County Council
at-large member Sylvia Graham. Her campaign efforts have garnered about
$15,000 in contributions so far.
showed contributions of $1,000 from County Council President Dan Whitten,
D-at Large, and Iron Workers Local 395 IPAL, of Hammond. Pitching in $500 is
Valparaiso cardiovascular physician Hector Marchand. She also reported $250
donations from Boilermakers Local 374, of Hammond; IBFW Local 531, of
LaPorte; Northern Indiana Operators Joint Labor Management PAC, of
Countryside, Ill.; and Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction
Trades, of Munster.
Adding to Graham’s
total is South County Commissioner Democrat Laura Blaney with a donation of
$200. She also received $100 each from County Treasurer Mike Bucko and
former Portage Mayor Doug Olson.
Council District 1
contested race, County Council District 1 candidate Republican Kyle Yelton
is actively building up support in his challenge to Councilman Jim Biggs,
R-1st, who is seeking a second term.
Yelton reported a
total of $15,007 in campaign contributions and receipts as of April 11, most
of which came from fundraisers he’s held.
The single largest
donation Yelton’s received is from Valparaiso resident Janet El-Naggar,
$2,100. His other supporters include Task Force Tips owner and Valparaiso
resident Stewart McMillian, along with his wife Kathryn ($1,000); Crown
Point businessman Michael Neal ($1,000); and Michael and Rebecca Hogan, of
Giving $1,000 each
to Yelton were the Committee to Elect (John) Evans and the Friends of Ed
Soliday Committee. Yelton also received help from Center District
Commissioner Nancy Adams with a $250 gift from her and her husband, Russ
A loan of $2,000
was made by Yelton’s campaign consultant and Valparaiso resident Kara
roughly half of what Yelton did with $7,965 total in contributions and
individual supporter is Andrew B. Isshak -- whose listed address is White
Lake, Mich. - with $1,500.
Others giving to
Biggs’ reelection campaign are the Indiana Realtor PAC, of Indianapolis
($1,000); Mark Forszt, of Valparaiso ($500); Circle “R” Electric, Inc. of
Portage ($500); H.R. Dimensions Inc., of Carmel, Ind. ($500); Lunch Pail
Republicans PAC Local 150, of Portage ($500); and Northern Indiana Operators
Joint Labor Management PAC, of Countryside, Ill. ($500).
Another large war
chest belongs to Kathy Kozuszek who is the Democratic challenger for the
County Clerk’s race.
unopposed in the primary but already her campaign has raised $12,997. Of
that, $5,000 is a loan Kozuszek herself made to her campaign.
Following that, her
largest individual donation comes from a “Mr. and Mrs. Oprisko” of Portage,
worth $500. She also received $250 from County Democratic Party Chairman
Rhame and Elwood
law offices in Portage gave $350 to Kozuszek. Giving $100 each were the
campaign committees of County Council member Jeremy Rivas, D-2nd, and
Treasurer Mike Bucko.
contributing at least $200 each are Boilermakers Local 374, of Hammond;
Northern Indiana Operators Joint Labor Management PAC, of Countryside, Ill.;
Labors Local 41 Boosters Fund, of Hammond; Local 6787 Political Education
and Legislative Fund, of Portage; and USW Local 6103, of Portage.
The incumbent Clerk
Karen Martin, who is unopposed in the Republican primary, reported she
hasn’t taken in any donations except for $100 she’s loaned herself.
County Recorder Jon
Miller is saying he has raised and spent $0 on his campaign for reelection
so far since his Republican primary race is uncontested, but his Democratic
challenger Scott Williams is ready to do battle in November.
Williams reports a
total of $10,187 for the pre-primary reporting period in contributions.
Some of his biggest
contributors are USW 6103, of Portage ($500); Ironworkers Local 395, of
Portage ($500); John Dudley, of Marietta, Ga. ($250); the Citizens for
(State Rep.) Chuck Moseley ($200); and Williams himself, with a $2,216 loan.
Meanwhile, all is
mostly quiet in the races for County Assessor and County Auditor.
The auditor’s race
will be between Republican incumbent Robert “Bob” Wichlinski and Democrat
no new contributions with $1,306 in cash on hand. Urbanik reported a $1,304
loan to herself and a $211 contribution from Burns Harbor Clerk-Treasurer
County Assessor Jon
Snyder reported he has had no donations so far this year but his committee
does have $13,952 on hand. He is running unopposed in the Republican primary
and no Democrat has filed to challenge him.
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