Three incumbents lead in campaign fund raising among 13 candidates for city offices, according to political contribution reports filed this week.
Mayor Pro Tem Irv Pickler is the top money-raiser, with $145,007 collected since last January in his bid for the mayor’s job in the Nov. 8 election. His opponent, Councilman Fred Hunter, lagged far behind with $89,470 raised in the same period.
Pickler has $126,561 of his money still in the bank. Hunter reported $54,792 available.
Among the 11 City Council candidates, incumbent William D. Ehrle has raised by far the most money, with $96,972 acquired since January. He reported $60,884 in cash still available.
Robert Zemel reported raising $55,750, but $30,000 of that came from loans made to the campaign by his real estate companies. Paul Bostwick reported $28,849 raised. Tom Daly’s campaign office said his reports would show he raised $28,906. The city clerk’s office said Daly had mailed the disclosure statements late Wednesday. Candidates were required to deliver or postmark their contribution reports by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The remaining seven council candidates reported raising less than $1,000 each.