Edmonds City Council candidates build their war chests as campaign activity ramps up

  Edmonds as of 06-08-2021
Name Office Raised Spent Raising $5,000 or more * Breakdown  of Contributions/Spending
Crank, Alicia City Council Pos 1 $18,690.55 $3.931.86 Yes Click for Details
Hartman, Brian City Council Pos 1 0 0 No Click for Details
Johnson, Kristiana (I)** City Council Pos 1 0 0 N/A Click for Details
Cass, Janelle City Council Pos 2 $10,180.00 $1003.21 Yes Click for Details
Chen, Will City Council Pos 2 $29,434.76 $10,474.00 Yes Click for Details
Distelhorst, Luke (I) City Council Pos 2 $7,986.80 $1,736.67 Yes Click for Details
Petso, Lora City Council Pos 2 0 0 No Click for Details
Fraley-Monillas, Adrianne (I) City Council Pos 3 $1,235.00 $291.52 Yes Click for Details
Tibbott, Neil City Council Pos 3 $17,075.00 $4,857.84 Yes Click for Details

Notes: (I) indicates incumbent;

* The Washington State Public Disclosure laws require that candidates who spent more than $5,000 on a prior campaign or expect to spend $5,000 on the current campaign must file campaign finance reports with the PDC. Candidates who do not meet either of these criteria must still register with the PDC and file a personal financial report, but are not required to file campaign financial reports.

** indicates candidates not registered with the Public Disclosure Commission or who have registered but not filed any reports to date.

This bar chart from the PDC provides a visual comparison of contributions and expenditures by candidates running for Edmonds City Council.

Fundraising activity continues for candidates seeking a position on the Edmonds City Council during this year’s local elections. This report brings you up to date and allows you to “follow the money” on the various candidates’ campaign finances.

As previously reported, in Edmonds nine candidates have filed for the three city council positions that will be decided this November. Council Position 1 is a three-way race pitting incumbent Kristiana Johnson against challengers Alicia Crank and Brian Hartman. Three challengers (Janelle Cass, Will Chen and former Councilmember Lora Petso) are hoping to unseat appointed incumbent Luke Distelhorst in Position 2, making this a four-way race. Finally, former city councilmember and mayoral candidate Neil Tibbott will face off against 11-year city council incumbent Adrianne Fraley-Monillas for Position 3. For more information about these and other local races (for example, the school district, South County Fire), see our May 21 article here.

Note that for races with more than two candidates, the top two vote-getters in the Aug. 3 primary will advance to the November general election.

The latest numbers showsWill Chen maintaining the lead in fundraising, topping $29,000 — more than the combined total of his two Position 2 opponents. In what promises to be a hotly contested race for Position 3, challenger Neil Tibbott is well into five figures, outraising his opponent, incumbent Adrianne Fraley-Monillas. Position 1 hopeful Alicia Crank has a huge head start in fundraising, with her two opponents, incumbent Kristiana Johnson and Brian Hartman, both reporting no fundraising to date.

The accompanying table details the figures reported by each campaign to the PDC as of Tuesday, June 8. For readers interested in following the money in more depth, the link in the right column opens the candidate’s detailed PDC reporting page with information on individual contributors, amounts each contributed and how the money has been spent. Information in this table comes from the Public Disclosure Commission and the Washington Secretary of State’s VoteWA web page.

To keep you, our readers, informed throughout the election cycle, look to My Edmonds News for regular updates on campaign finances along with other election-related news.

— By Larry Vogel

  1. Thank you MyEdmondsNews for publishing this important data. I have reviewed the information, and one candidate, Will Chen, stands out for the amount of money he has received from out of area(area=north end) and out of state. Bellevue $750; Seattle $3600; Stanwood $750; Newcastle $500 and Sammamish $250=$5850.
    San Francisco $1250; Phoenix $300; West Linn, Ore $250.=$1800. Total=$7650 which equal 26% of his contributions.
    I don’t know much about Mr Chen and he may be a very competent candidate who would do an excellent job on the Edmonds City Council, but I am bothered by the fact that this is supposed to be a representative democracy. When any candidate for local office receives a significant proportion of their contributions from outside the governmental area, I have to wonder who is being represented.

    1. Robert, I am less concerned about people out of the area donating than I am about donations that are clearly partisan for these non-partisan positions. I would think that the donations from outside the City are friends and family.

  2. Electing our C.P.s out of Geographical districts within our town would probably cost the candidates a lot less and make it much less attractive for outside interests (developers, unions, political parties, etc.) to try to influence our elections. If you really want change, you have to try something different. I realize I’m totally wasting my time and energy commenting about this but, hey, every form of change starts somewhere. How about it, Vivian O. and Diane B.; you seem to be independent thinkers; why not try to change up how things are done here a little? You would have at least one person in your corner for sure and I’ll just bet there are lots of others in town who might buy into something like this.

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