Breakdown of Cedar City Council candidates primary finance reports
With a little less than a week until the primary election, campaign finance reports were released Tuesday for Cedar City Council candidates.
All candidates running in a primary in southern Utah had to submit disclosures on how much money they got and how much they spent for their campaigns.
In Cedar City, only the city council race will have a primary since there are only two candidates running for mayor.
In total, there are five candidates in the primary competing over four slots, one candidate will be eliminated in the primary on Aug. 10.
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All mail-in ballots must be postdated by Aug. 9, to be counted.
In total, the five candidates raised $16,984.39 and spent $25,017.88 on expenses. Three candidates had a negative balance on their campaign — meaning they spent more than they raised — and two candidates had a positive balance. Most of the candidates spent the most amount of their money on signs and marketing.
There will also be two in-person locations open on the election day on Aug. 10 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce (510 W. 800 S., Cedar City) and the Iron County Courthouse (82 N. 100 E. #101, Cedar City).
Here is a breakdown of the numbers for the city council race in Cedar City.
Cedar City Council Candidates
Total contributions: $4,950
Total expenses: $2,733.67
Ending balance: $2,216.33
Phillips is the only incumbent running in the city council race. Phillips ended his primary campaign with the most money left over out of all the Cedar City candidates with $2,216.33.
Phillips donated $200 each to two other city council candidates: Carter Wilkey and Derek Morton. Phillips said he donated to these candidates because they are “good candidates” who were need of financial support for their campaigns and because he considers both of these candidates as his friends, according to an email he sent The Spectrum.
Phillips donated $500 of his own dollars to his campaign. Kael Weston — the former Democratic congressional candidate who lost to Rep. Chris Stewart in 2020 — also donated $500 to Phillips’ campaign.
His biggest contributor was Ben Batty LLC, a real estate company that donated $1,000.
Phillips’ biggest expense was campaign signs from Cross & Oberlie, for which he spent $855.
Total contributions: $720
Total expenses: $4,156.34
Ending balance: – $3,436.34
Wilkey has the second-largest negative balance of the candidates behind Derek Morton and raised the second least amount of money, only Mark Mumford raised less. Wilkey covered the negative balance of his campaign with his own personal finances.
Wilkey only received donations from three separate contributors, with Evan & Christine Vickers being his biggest contributor by donating $300.
Phillips also donated $100 twice to Wilkey, once at the end of June and another time at the end of July.
Wilkey’s biggest expense was signage and paid $1,831.95 to Kolob Sign & Design.
Total contributions: $100
Total expenses: $305.33
Ending balance: – $205.33
Mumford comes in at the bottom of both money raised and spent on this primary election out of all the candidates, raising $100 and spending $305.33.
Mumford only received one donation of $100 from Fred Rowley and only had one expense from Kolob Sign and Design, where he spent $305.33
Total contributions: $1,428.70
Total expenses: $9,260.74
Ending balance: – $7,382.09
Morton spent the most money of the candidates on his primary campaign with $9,260 worth of expenses, mostly in marketing fees from Creative Stream Marketing that totaled $4,478, nearly half of the cost.
After deducting Morton’s expense report with his contribution total, he also has the highest negative balance of any candidate: – $7,392.09. Morton says he covered the negative balance with money from his own pocket.
Morton’s biggest contributor was a tie between Cedar Ridge Family Medicine and Laine Matthews who each donated $400.
Phillips also donated $200 to Morton’s campaign.
Total contributions: $9,696.39
Total expenses: $8,561.80
Ending balance: $1,134.50
Riddle had the highest amount out of all the candidates, totaling $9,636.39, and out-raised the candidate with the second-highest donations, Phillips, by nearly $4,750.
Riddle’s contribution fund was bolstered by large donations from GoGreen Enterprises ($2,000), Fine Line Cabinets ($1,843.34), and from his biggest contributor Gary Holyoak, who gave $2,550.
The biggest expense for Riddle came to $2,939.62, which he paid to Randy Minson.
Read the reports for yourself on our website.
Sean Hemmersmeier covers local government, growth and development in Southwestern Utah, our work depends on subscribers so if you want more coverage on these issues you can subscribe here http://www.thespectrum.com/subscribe