The challenger for an Idaho Falls City Council seat outraised the incumbent in September, although the incumbent appears to have pulled ahead with a loan and several $1,000 contributions a week ago.
Stephanie Lucas, who is challenging incumbent Tom Hally for Council Seat No. 3, has raised $1,350 since declaring her candidacy, spent $275.09 and ended the reporting period with $1,099.91 in her campaign account, according to her campaign’s Oct. 10 pre-general election report.
While the report does not show any itemized donations, a “48 hour notice,” which campaigns are required to file for contributions of $1,000 or more, shows her campaign got $1,000 on Sept. 27 from Bryan Smith, a local lawyer who is the fourth vice chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee and second vice chairman of the state Republican Party.
Hally, whose pre-general report only covers the month of September, reported raising just $11 that month and closing the month with nothing in his campaign account and $110 in credit card debt for sending out mailers. However, on Oct. 4 he loaned $4,000 to his campaign and received $1,000 each from Stacy Crnkovich; Idaho Falls Cars and Trucks; Lynn Morgan; Morgan Construction; and Rainey Creek Enterprises.
Hally’s campaign has spent $2,675 on billboards, according to another 48-hour notice.
Councilman John Radford, who is running for another term unopposed, reported no fundraising from Dec. 31, 2018 to Sept. 30 and had $584.56 in his campaign account as of then. Councilwoman Michelle Ziel-Dingman, who is also running unopposed, has raised $677.49 this year, spent $490.04 and had $187.45 in her campaign account and $577.49 in debt, most of it from loans she made to her campaign.
Election Day is Nov. 5.