Posted on 31 March 2011.
By Arnold M. Knightly, Boulder City Review
Note: This story was updated Thursday evening.
The campaign finance reports for the city’s upcoming elections show a wide gap between some of the candidates’ ability to raise and spend money during the primary election.
Tuesday will show if the dollars will translate to victories in the primary election, or if some candidates will have to push forward to the general election in June.
In the mayor’s race, Mayor Roger Tobler raised $25,392, including $5,000 from local resident Robert Draney, $2,500 from both the Woodbury Family Trust and the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtor.
Tobler spent $16,609 in the period, $14,892 of which went to advertising.
Mayoral candidate and City Councilwoman Linda Strickland raised $5,175 and spent $4,733.
Her largest contributors were a few $500 donations.
Mayoral candidate and handyman Zach Inman raised $1,300 and spent $1,543 with $728 going to advertising.
City Council candidate Rod Woodbury has raised more money than any candidate in either race. He has also spent more to win in the Council primary than did the other four Council candidates combined.
Woodbury raised $52,970 and spent $26,875 in the first reporting period, which ran from Jan. 1 to March 24.
Woodbury’s biggest donation was $5,000 from his mother, Rose Woodbury, and $5,000 from South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
He also received $4,000 from Mike Ensign, a former gaming executive and father of U.S. Sen. John Ensign.
Woodbury also received a $5,000 loan from his father, former County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury.
Nearly $33,000 of the raised money came from individuals and businesses based outside Boulder City. However, some of the donors have business interests around the city, such as Ensign, whose family has an ownership stake in the Hacienda hotel-casino.
Of the $26,875 Woodbury spent, $18,510 went to advertising including signs, shirts and print advertising.
City Council Peggy Leavitt raised $23,890 and spent $13,705 during the period.
Leavitt, a retired social services administrator, received $2,500 donations from the Woodbury Family Trust, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtor and the Hacienda hotel-casino.
Leavitt spent $12,158 on advertising and printing costs.
Council candidate Rose Ann Rabiola Miele raised $5,849 in the first period with $1,950 coming from Boulder City Disposal Inc., operator of the landfill on Utah Street.
She received four large contributions from entities based outside Boulder City totaling $1,300.
Miele, the former city public information officer, spent $4,220 during the period, $2,952 going to advertising.
Council candidate and writer Lynn Goya has raised $4,929 during the campaign. However, $3,004 came from the political action committee for the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 525 in Las Vegas.
Goya, who was unsuccessful in her run for State Assembly last year, has spent $2,099 on advertising mostly related to printing cost.
Council candidate Linda Graham raised $1,109 and spent $657 in advertising. Graham, who is married to a minister at Grace Community Church, gathered contributions from individual donations around Boulder City.
The mayor has an annual salary of $13,894 and the City Council pays $11,211.
The reports cover contributions and expenses from Jan. 1 through March 24.
Early voting ends Friday with the primary election on Tuesday.