Navarre, Bagley top fundraisers among mayoral candidates

With three weeks left before the Kenai Peninsula Borough election, Mike Navarre leads all borough mayor candidates in funds raised.

The former state legislator and borough mayor had raised $27,999.12 through Sept. 2, according to a required 30-day report filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

However, former borough mayor Dale Bagley leads the candidate field with the most expenses, totaling $18,263.01 during the same time period.

Navarre spent $12,252.77 on his campaign, leaving him with a surplus of $15,746.35 on hand. Navarre’s personal contributions total $664.23.

Bagley has raised $20,048.77 and has a surplus after other debts of $185.76. He has personally contributed $3,200 to his campaign.

Among the more notable contributors to Navarre’s campaign include Sen. Mark Begich, who gave $250; Begich’s chief of staff David Ramseur, who gave $100; The Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively, who gave $250; Scott Kawasaki, a state representative from Fairbanks, who gave $100; and borough assembly member Linda Murphy, who gave $200.

Bagley’s notable contributors include Soldotna City Council member Nels Anderson, who gave $500; Bill Popp, CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, who gave $100, current assembly member Brent Johnson, who gave $250; and Bryan Zak, regional director of the Small Business Development Center and candidate for the Homer seat on the borough assembly, who gave $50. He also listed six contributors as current borough employees, who gave a total of $850.

Navarre reported three borough employees contributing to his campaign for a total of $350. However, he also listed a $100 donation from current borough mayor David Carey, who is not running for re-election.

Carey has considered giving an endorsement to a mayoral candidate, but said he had “not decided yet” on who.

“I think he is doing a good job in terms of what he is presenting and I think he is a good candidate,” Carey said of Navarre. “I expect there is going to be a runoff. I don’t see anyone getting 50 percent plus one in the initial election so that I am looking at speaking in favor of two individuals that I’d hope to see in the runoff.”

Kasilof resident and former assembly member Debbie Brown is third in fund-raising with $18,980 in total reported income through Sept. 4. She also reported spending $16,645.08 and personally contributing $16,200 to her campaign. Bill Walker, a former gubernatorial candidate, contributed $500 to Brown’s campaign.

Soldotna resident Fred Sturman has raised $9,701.60 through Sept. 2, of which $9,500 were personal contributions. He reported spending $7,338,70.

Nikiski resident and former assembly member Gary Superman listed contributions totaling $6,300 through the same time period. Of his total income, $3,225 were listed as personal contributions. He reported spending a total of $3,468.09.

Tim O’Brien, also a Nikiski resident, reported raising $396.25, all of which was personally contributed. He reported spending $318.18.

Incumbent assembly members Hal Smalley and Charlie Pierce, who are running for re-election, both filed an exemption statement, which states they believe their campaigns won’t raise more than $5,000.

Incumbent Bill Smith, Kelly Cooper and Zak, who are all running for the Homer seat on the assembly, also filed for exemptions.

No records were found for Eileen K. Sverdrup, candidate for the Sterling/Funny River borough seat.

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