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Nearly $10,000 spent by mayoral candidates in race<BR>

KINGMAN – The hotly contested race for mayor of Kingman is becoming more expensive as Election Day draws near.

Incumbent Lester Byram had collected $10,035 in campaign contributions by the May 6 financial reporting deadline prior to the General Election.

He has spent $5,556.91 in the primary and runoff and has $4,478.09 in the bank to pay for expenses through the May 18 election.

Monica Gates spent only $456.46 in the primary while getting 40.5 percent of the votes cast.

She has collected additional campaign contributions since the primary and now totals $5,610 from supporters.

Gates has spent $4,287.64, mostly for radio, television and newspaper ads and had $1,322 left May 6 when reports were filed.

Tom Carter had contributed and spent $1,799 of his own money to finance his campaign for the sixth City Council seat, according to the May 6 finance report.

His expenses included $472.79 on printing brochures and $306 for newspaper ads.

His signs were paid for during the primary race.

Michael Schoeff's May 6 financial report was not available from the Kingman City Clerk's files on Monday.

The City Council candidate had collected $2,625 to finance his campaign as reported in his April 5 final primary report.

He had spent $1,214.40 by the April 5 report deadline and had $1,410.60 left to finance his final campaign costs through the May 18 election.

Schoeff reported contributions of $200 each from Dave French's campaign fund, Jay Schritter, James Short and Barbara Blair; $100 from Tom Short; and $300 each from Chris Bowers and William Bowers.

Byram received $350 each from George Ripps, Michael Black, James Black and Gary Black; and $200 each from Louis Sorensen and Ron Fiddler since the primary.

Byram accumulated $8,125 prior to the primary election date according to earlier finance reports listing 36 political contributors.

Gates began taking contributions after the primary and raised $4,550.

John and Sharon Morotti and John and Vonda Neal contributed $500 per family.

Those individuals sending $350 were Rex Ruge, Nora Speer, Jack Speer, Tom Spear, Joe Ott, William Nugent and Ott Drywall.

Contributions of $200 came from Judith Higby and Walker Electric Service.

The records are public documents filed with the Kingman city clerk and available to the public at 310 North Fourth St.