Wal-Mart spent $46,843 in election; Byram spent most in race for mayor

KINGMAN – Wal-Mart financed a successful $46,843 campaign for the March 8 Kingman primary to gain voter approval of rezoning for its new Supercenter.

That issue spurred a record 36.9 percent turnout.

Voters cast 4,446 ballots with 3,306 approving Proposition 400 that affirmed the Wal-Mart rezoning.

Kingman mayor and city council candidates also made the primary one of the most expensive campaigns for city office.

Incumbent Mayor Les Byram accumulated $8,185 prior to the primary election date, according to finance reports filed with the Kingman City Clerk's office after the election.

Byram reported 36 political contributors donated funds.

His May 18 runoff opponent, Monica Gates, reported $1,060 in her campaign fund, with most of it personal funds.

Gates' finance report states that $456.46 was spent during the primary, with a balance of $603.54 left to begin the general election campaign.

The vote tally for the primary was Byram 2,024, Gates 1,882 and Frank Drew McVey 647.

McVey reported $6,635.15 contributed for his campaign with $3,000 of it personal loans.

Signs, printing and postage costs totaling $2,636 were major expenses for McVey out of his $5,096.70 in total expenses.

Byram spent $460 for stamps and paid bills of $1,280, $138, and $692 to H&H Printers for campaign materials and postcards.

A group of volunteers addressed the postcards sent to local voters.

He spent $1,040 for radio ads and $1,526.62 on newspaper ads.

Byram's final expense report for the primary election shows $5,418.24 spent.

He reports a balance of $2,766.76 for his general election campaign.

Dave French financed his own campaign and spent $1,855.49 to win election to the council by getting more than 50 percent of the votes cast for the office in the primary.

He will begin a new four-year term in June.

Tom Spear loaned his campaign $1,500 of the total received and spent $2,050.82.

He received enough votes in the primary to win a council seat.

Michael Schoeff received $2,625 in contributions and spent $1,214 in the primary.

His runoff opponent for a council seat, Tom Carter, reported $1,020.75 in contributions and expenditures for the primary.

Carter had 2.035 votes, short of the 2,224 needed to win in the primary.

Schoeff was fourth high in votes with 1,328.

The final three candidates were eliminated in the primary.

Herberta Schroeder, Matt Hreha and Richard Glancy spent below the $500 limit that requires filing a financial accounting for the campaign.

Records of the candidates' campaign contributors and expenditures are filed with the Kingman city clerk, who acts as the city election officer.

Candidates were required to file personal financial statements before qualifying for the ballot.

The records are available to the public.