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Council candidates frugal with campaign costs

Kingman City Council candidates have been frugal with their campaigns, according to the legally required finance reports filed before the March 12 primary.

"Each candidate is required to file a disclosure statement on campaign finance collected up to Feb.

20," City Clerk Charlene Ware said.

"The report must be in my office by Feb.

28 before the March 12 election date."

Mayor Les Byram and council candidate Mike Hrober filed statements that they collected less than the $500 that requires a full report.

No candidate reported contributions of as much as $2,000 by the cutoff date.

Any funds collected after Feb.

20 must be reported after the primary.

Ray Lyons showed expenditures of $1,125 and personal loans of $1,060 to cover most of his campaign costs.

Small contributions covered the difference.

Homer Johnston reported $1,575 in contributions including $500 of his money.

Expenditures were $1,008, mostly for signs.

Jim Baker reported $750 in funds with $400 of that his own money.

Signs accounted for most of the $720 expended by report time.

Phil Moon collected $1,920 and spent $557, according to his report.

The main expenditure reported by candidates was for signs.

Radio and newspaper ads are often bought and bills paid after the preprimary reporting period.

For the 2000 council election, several candidates spent more than $5,000 and one more than $10,000 by this stage of the campaign.

Candidates must report campaign contributions between $25 and the $250 limit during the primary election cycle.

Any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the primary will be considered elected.

Two candidates for each seat not filled in the primary will be included in the May 21 general election.

The 2000 election cycle was the first in several years when the election was not decided in the primary.

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