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City candidates spent less than in last election

Candidates spent less this year than during 2000 in campaigns for Kingman city offices.

No candidate spent more than $1,800 campaigning for the 2002 primary.

Ray Lyons, who won a Kingman City Council seat, spent the most with $1,771.08, mostly for signs, printing and postage.

He contributed $1,200 to his campaign and reported $700 in contributions with only two contributions greater than $25.

The contribution limit is $250.

In contrast, in the 2000 election, Frank McVey topped the campaign spending at $4,018.20.

Candidates are required to file a list of campaign contributors and expenses ten days before the primary and after the general election.

Because the races for mayor and three council seats were decided in the primary, there will be no general election this year.

Mike Hrober, who ran unsuccessfully for a council seat, filed a campaign finance exemption report indicating he collected and spent less than $500 in his 2002 campaign.

He also filed an exemption report for his 2000 campaign.

Les Byram ran unopposed for mayor and filed an exemption report, as was the case in 2000.

Homer Johnston followed Lyons in total campaign expenditures at $1,280.05 and lost by two votes to Jim Baker in a recount.

Baker collected $750, according to his preliminary report prior to the primary.

His final campaign finance report had not been filed by Wednesday.

Phil Moon led the council vote but spent only $193.40 of his campaign contributions of $1,487.40.

His costs were for signs.

Most of the money spent during 2002 was for campaign signs and printing costs.

The 2000 campaign spending included more radio and newspaper ads.

During 2000 Jerry Hawkins spent $4,006.12.

Frank Moore, who was eliminated in the primary, spent $2,250.10.

Seven candidates were on the ballot.

McVey and Hawkins were in the general election runoff with Paul McCormick and Monica Gates.

Gates and McVey won the seats in the runoff.

Gates had a campaign budget of $714.85.

In 2000, Dave French won a seat in the primary, spending $3,733.82.

He had no general election expenses.

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