Election 2021: Edmonds council candidates’ campaign financial reports as of July 5

    Edmonds as of 07-05-2021
Name Office Raised Spent Debt Raising $5000 or more * Breakdown  of Contributions/Spending
Crank, Alicia City Council Pos 1 $20,710.55 $6,011.13 $250.00 Yes Click for Details
Hartman, Brian City Council Pos 1 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 No Click for Details
Johnson, Kristiana (I) City Council Pos 1 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Yes Click for Details
Cass, Janelle City Council Pos 2 $13,225.00 $1003.21 $0.00 Yes Click for Details
Chen, Will City Council Pos 2 $30,899.76 $10,474.89 $0.00 Yes Click for Details
Distelhorst, Luke (I) City Council Pos 2 $8,660.96 $3,752.70 $647.49 Yes Click for Details
Petso, Lora City Council Pos 2 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 No Click for Details
Fraley-Monillas, Adrianne (I) City Council Pos 3 $9,190.00 $2,054.68 $0.00 Yes Click for Details
Tibbott, Neil City Council Pos 3 $20,105.00 $6,608.15 $0.00 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.

Fundraising activity and campaign spending is beginning to pick up for candidates running for Edmonds City Council in this year’s local elections. This report brings you up to date as of July 5, with the latest updates from the Public Disclosure Commission 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 City Councilmember Lora Petso) are hoping to unseat incumbent (appointed) Luke Distelhorst in Position 2, making this a four-way race. Finally, former City Councilmember and 2019 mayoral candidate Neil Tibbott is facing off against 11-year City Council incumbent Adrianne Fraley-Monillas for Position 3.  For more information about these and other local races, see our May 21 article here.

The latest numbers since our last report (June 22) show Will Chen continuing lead in overall fundraising, with a war chest just shy of $30,000, more than the combined total of his two Position 2 opponents. While showing no additional contributions since our last report, Position 3 challenger Neil Tibbott continues leading incumbent Adrienne Fraley-Monillas in total fundraising, despite Fraley-Monillas accumulating an additional $500. Position 1 hopeful Alicia Crank has a huge head start in fundraising but has adjusted her spending figures down by more than $4,000 from our June 22 report. Her two opponents, incumbent Kristiana Johnson and challenger Brian Hartman, continue to report no financial activity.

Note that for races with more than two candidates (Positions 1 and 2), the top two vote-getters in the Aug. 3 primary will advance to the November general election. As the only two candidates for Position 3, Fraley-Monillas and Tibbott both are assured a place on the November ballot.

The accompanying table details the figures reported by each campaign to the PDC as of Monday, July 5. 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/where 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. First, I’d like to thank myEdmondsNews for providing this information.
    I’m always more interested in where the money is coming from, than the total amount a candidate has. It tells me a lot about the candidate.
    Donations to 4 candidates stick out.
    Alicia Crank-She has contributions from 2 PACs. The first is Snohomish County Ebony PAC which makes sense. The second is from UFCW(Union) 21 PAC.
    Will Chen: 37 out of 44 contributions (84%) come from outside of Edmonds
    Luke Distelhorst-Washington State Council of County and City Employees PAC; UFCW 21 PAC;
    Adriane Fraley-Monillas: SEIU Healthcare PAC; SEIU Quality Care Committee;Washington State Council of County and City Employees; and very interestingly R&R Investment Co LLC(a real estate services company which is not headquartered in our state.)
    None of this breaks campaign laws. It just concerns me that forces outside of Edmonds want to influence our elections and are trying to elect politicians who will will owe them.

    1. When you look at Will Chen’s contributors, it’s not fair to characterize them as “forces.” When a member of an ethnic community is attempting to break into politics, he or she attracts money and support from their community, regardless of boundary lines. These contributors just want to see their guy in office. That’s all; they’re not working some outside agenda, trying to get him to “owe” them something. There’s plenty to be cynical about in electoral politics, but not this.

      1. Roger, it is true that Mr. Chen “might” not be beholding to those who donate to him and Ms. Petso, that the one with the most money won’t necessarily win, but it is also clear that the vast majority of the $ support for Mr Chen is coming from people interested in Mr. Chen and not Edmonds. This is bothersome to me and I think that it should be of concern of the Edmonds electorate.
        His total so far is $32,165.76. Subtract $365 for “small contributions” for which we don’t know the source=$31800.76. Edmonds residents contributed $2500 to his campaign, and those outside of Edmonds contributed $29300.76 That means that only 8% of his money comes from Edmonds residents.

  2. Fortunately, voters are not required to vote for the candidate with the most money (or advertising, or signs, or robo calls, or flyers, or big-time endorsements). On at least two occasions, Edmonds voters elected me to City Council, and I suspect that I never spent anywhere near what the other candidates spent (and I can’t bring myself to robo call folks, although that is very affordable).

    It is your vote, and you can use it to select the candidate you want to have serve.

  3. Lora makes a great point here. Why would people need to spend 20 or 30K for a part-time Edmonds City Council position that mostly consists of thankless tasks, time theft, and working with an almost all-powerful Mayor with a staff pretty much obligated to support him in all things to keep their jobs?

    Personally, I’m looking for the Candidates in this election that aren’t affiliated with the Dem. Party or obvious pals with the Mayor. I want people who can think for themselves, stand up to the Mayor when appropriate, and maybe advocates for a change in how things are done here. Like maybe willing to support an initiative to go to a Strong Council/Manager system with Wards or Districts so real people are represented by real advocates for their needs as individual communities.

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